There’s very little Petite Sirah made in the Pacific Northwest, and Roseburg winemaker Pat Spangler was forced to bottle it as Durif until Oregon relaxed its labeling restrictions several years ago. In 2010, he made the decision to pick on Oct. 24, and it offers aromas of boysenberry, blackberry, crushed walnut and slate. The variety’s natural boldness is found on the palate, along with flavors of Marionberry and red raspberry. And while tannins build quickly, they slow down in the finish, which comes with a hint of fresh cedar and spice.
Production: 202 cases