Petite Sirah


Name of varietal: Petite Sirah
Common synonyms: Durif, Petit Syrah, Petit Sirah, Petite Syrah (and other combinations thereof)
Parentage of the grape: Peloursin and Syrah from Rhone, France
History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a separate descendant. It was developed in the 1870s by a French horticulturalist, Francois Durif, who crossed Peloursin and Syrah in attempts to create a hybrid that was resistant to the powdery mildew (Oidium) epidemic. But it failed to meet quality standards and was still susceptible to bunch rot so it never quite caught on except as a blending grape. In the 1880s, California wine-maker Charles Melver planted it in his Mission San José vineyard and is credited as being the first to change its name from Durif to Petite Syrah. From there, the grape gained local popularity, particularly in the 1940s when efforts were made to produce wines with bolder flavor Read more »

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  • Caliza Paso Robles Cohort 2011


    Thick and rich ripe blackberry and black cherry aromas with some earth and leather on the nose and a dash of black pepper with a touch of heat. Very smooth on the entry followed by a bite of tannin filling the mouth with some cranberry and black cherry. Some licorice sneaks in behind blueberry as the tannins linger well into the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Cupcake Red Velvet Cupcake Red Velvet 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by JessiTrouble

  • Parducci Petite Sirah Reserve True Grit 2012


    This is definitely a food wine due to the extreme dryness. Well balanced, full bodied, nice strong finish. I liked it with steak. It was overly dry solo. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in ...  You want to try some Petite Sirah?""Well, sure."From here on out I'm pretty sure we were completely off script.  Darek found a bottle of PS, opened it and tasted it.  He gave us a technical description why his PS will not take decades to be drinkable (which, of course... Read More

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  • Vezer Family Vineyard Estate Petite Sirah 2006


    This is a big red wine. Fruit forward and jammy. This is velvety and opulent. Read More

    Wine review by lesbells

  • 1995 Nalle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel x21998 Limerick Lane Collins Vineyard ... ... Amphora Mounts Vineyard Petite Sirah2002 Joseph Swan Stellwagen Vineyard Zinfandel x22003 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Bodega Rancho Que Syrah 1. Read More

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  • Cupcake Red Velvet Cupcake Red Velvet 2012


    Sweet and fruity aromas of creamy mocha and very light coconut, as the winery suggests! Clear, juicy appearance and flavors of jammy berries and a distinctly dark chocolate/mocha finish. This lives up to it's name and is incredibly velvety smooth in mouthfeel. Tried this with a 90% dark chocolate and both are rich, intense compliments to each... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Crane Lake Petite Sirah 2013


    I love this wine from Crane Lake...has great flavor..used to drink their Pinot Noir but now this is my favorite. Read More

    Wine review by dliverpool

  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... Dry Creek zins; and a Petite Sirah, which was dark as night but definitely a Petite Sirah for folks who can find it too tannic.  Spinetta has a rural feel, down to the wildlife paintings on the wall and on the labels, and the hunting lodge feel of the tasting room.  The staff couldn't... Read More

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  • Vena Cava Big Blend 2012


    More blue-purple than red-purple in the glass. Fairly light on the nosesome barnyard hints, some vegetative hints. Under the palate this is a harmless, albeit, non-distinctive wine. Initial tastes are of dried fruitsprunes, raisinswithout the sweetness. An unusual mouth sensationthis wine seems to have the consistency or viscosity of perspir... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Fife Petite Syrah Port { Redhead Vineyards } 1995 Wonderful !!!! At Grocery Outlet for $4.99 A STEAL !!!

    Comment by 642274pswine101 642274 pswine101

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