Vino Vargas “Si !” 2018 Petite Sirah
California wine tasting with Vino Vargas - Winemaker Pedro Vargas
I have known Pedro and Vicky Vargas for some years. I have tasted some of their wines at events and they supported a sort of a wine club project I did a few years ago. I wasn’t until the summer of 2021 that I finally drove up their long drive to their winery and tasting room. Long over-due I know but I did finally make my visit to this family winery located in San Miguel, just a few miles north of Paso Robles.
This 2018 Petite Sirah is one of a coupe of bottles I brought back home with me. I enjoyed a good number of Pedro’s wines, but the truth be told, I have been purchasing, and or receiving wines faster that I can drink or review them. So, I selected two that I knew I wanted to do wine reviews for. The two reds I selected were Pedro’s “Matador” a 2019 Malbec and this his 2018 Petite Sirah named "Si!" or yes!
"Si!" is a delightful wine! Think black violet-like in color. Aromas of pomegranate, rose hips, and dark chocolate with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, and a slight tobacco finish. This 2018 bottling has resulted in a very decadent and luxurious Petite Sirah with desirable notes of fruit, spice, and a toasty hint of tobacco. A dense and tannic wine with lifted and lively aromatics the balance and satisfy, a stylish pairing for grilled meats.
Conventional wisdom of what Petite Sirah is supposed to be.
Perhaps like me you have tried a few Petite Sirah wines to find them to be highly tannic, overly chewy, or just too, too much for your palate! Not so with this bottle of wine. While having a dense finish this Petite Sirah that winemaker Pedro Vargas has produced is an exceptionally balanced wine. Pedro harvested his fruit at around 25 brix and fermented at 75 degrees which took about seven days to complete. After settling for about a week the new wine was placed in barrels. The barrels were French Oak with a heavy toast and the wine was transferred into approximately 30 percent new oak barrels with the balance or the new wine resting in neutral oak. The result are a delightful, black violet in color and a well-balanced wine.
The story of Petite Sirah begins in 1880 in Montpellier, France, where Dr. Francois Durif cross-pollinated a Syrah vine resulting in a brand-new wine grape which the professor named after himself: Durif. This grape never really took hold in French vineyards, but in 1884 cuttings were brought to California and planted some at the Mission San Jose in Fremont. Since that time Durif got lost in California’s early years of interplant if vines throughout the state along with other dark-skinned grape varieties; Zinfandel, Carignan, Mourvèdre, and Syrah. It almost certainly got its new name because people noticed its similarities to Syrah. This offspring of Syrah has smaller berries. As to why the “y” became an “i” seems to still be a mystery.
Cabernet Sauvignon continues to grow in popularity. However, over the past ten years or so, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of Petite Sirah in California as plantings have continued to increase
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Vino Vargas is open and ready to receive you for wine tasting by appointment. The winery is open Friday, Saturday, Sundays and Monday by appointment.he winery is located not far from Highway 101 at 950 Indian Dune Road, San Miguel, CA 93451