Our 2008 “Bea’s Knees” is a blend of Petite Sirah (86%) and Zinfandel (14%) from the Sierra Foothills, a region unlike any other in California due to its elevation and granitic soils. Petite Sirah and Zinfandel are two of the varieties that excel in these hills and this is a beautiful blend. The naturally abundant tannins of Petite Sirah are tempered by the Zinfandel, producing a wine with a commanding presence, but not one that will frighten the horses! The Zinfandel also adds bright bing cherry and black raspberry flavors to the rich blackberry, blueberry and mocha flavors from the Petite Sirah.The Petite Sirah is from 10-year-old vines planted 2700 feet above sea level near Placerville in El Dorado County. The Zinfandel is from 20-year-old vines at 1800 feet on decomposed granite near Fiddletown.