Wines that Rock: Petite Sirah + Zinfandel - As American as Bruce Springsteen eating apple pie
Ok, time to divide some opinions. In fact nothing says divided opinion more than the good ol' United States of America right now. Trump - Hillary, fuck it Johnson, or none of the above you need to sit down, pay attention and celebrate the greatest American tradition of all, breaking traditions. Nothing says America like taking something and altering it to a state where it becomes unrecognizable from the original. Bigger, badder, so indulgent in its pursuit for adding more, that it just becomes a sex symbol overnight by being so brash. Europeans may say bigger is not always better, but I thought this was America where you damn as hell sure bigger means better!
America does exactly that with wine, throwing out the rule books and breaking conventions all over the place. We could go on forever about what makes the United States, from California to Washington, New York, and even Texas and Michigan so awesome for wine, but at the core of everything is imagination combined with determination. "Hey you know what would grow well here, some Petite Syrah! You know what else, Zinfandel! Screw it, lets put both in a bottle and see what happens!" Take something big, add something bigger, like taking a Dodge Charger and giving it 900 horsepower. Yes it twisted the the chassis and went off the starting line on two wheels, but look at it go! Plus it did help to get Dom out of a pinch twice in the later movies. It is the stuff of legend, even if that legend is absolutely insane and is barely clinging on to reality.
This is exactly what the Petite Syrah and Zinfandel blend is, American legend at its absolute finest. Two grapes just screaming for more, bigger, louder, bolder, heavier, pushing the boundaries of what wine can be and what wine can do. This unique American blend is Bruce Springsteen belting Born in the USA in front of a hundred thousand people; patriotic, anthemic, and yet at the same time a protest to all the shit we go through to get here.
Petite Sirah and Zinfandel is Bruce Springsteen belting Born in the USA in front of a hundred thousand people; patriotic, anthemic, and yet at the same time a protest to all the shit we go through to get here.
Petite Sirah and Zinfandel blends take no prisoners. They ask questions and then attempt to answer them straight away. Why does red wine have to be refined, why do we have to mix the same grapes together just because the French do it, why can't a red wine be tannic, fruity, and have a heavy body at the same time? These blends often attempt to be all of those things, and will more often than not invite other grapes to the party to make it even better. You may PS-Zin blends with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Carignan, even Mourvedre to name but a few. The result is always something wild, something unexpected, and yet always so uniquely American.
Why does red wine have to be refined, why do we have to mix the same grapes together just because the French do it, why can't a red wine be tannic, fruity, and have a heavy body at the same time?
Despite the same ingredients, the blends are almost never the same. They are what the winemaker intends them to be, what they want to show to the world rather than what the world wants them to show. Take The Prisoner for example, a red wine you will everywhere. It almost always upsets Old World wine purists, but that matters naught. A perfect, drinkable, gutsy wine, and if you don't like it...there's the door. The Ridge Winery makes almost entirely Petit Sirah-Zinfandel blends with different amounts from different vineyards showcasing everything these two buddies can do like a Metallica back catalog. Enso Winery in Portland even called their PS-Zin blend L'American (it has a little Mourvedre) because IT IS American. And who would argue otherwise?
Petit Sirah and Zinfandel blends are as American as they get... like a bald eagle eating apple pie on the 4th of July.
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