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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  • Mark, if you haven't already, next time you're in Napa set up a tasting ... found this '03 Carlisle petite sirah and thought of all the wine here this has the best chance of still being drinkable.  Unfortunately, the cork broke into pieces and half of it stayed put.  I found an '05 Four Vines zin and managed to get the cork out of that one. The... Read More

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  • Depends on what the winemaker is trying to achieve, bu no, all red blends are ... be Syrah/Cabby, Zinfandel/Petite Sirah and list goes on.My the way - how did you get those corks up in the air over that cabana?&nbs Read More

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  • Sketchbook Artist's Red Blend Mendocino County 2014


    Dark cola and raspberry aromas, firmly red fruited and bright with cinnamon spice. Cherry cola and cranberry fruit on the palate with a bit of licorice root on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... QuillenMy Vine SpotQuivivra Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley California 2013Valentine's Day is unquestionably a special occasion for the wine lover. Unlike Thanksgiving table, where you are guaranteed to have family who would appreciate two buck chuck a lot more than C... Read More

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  • Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County 2013


    Inky black and smoky with candied plum and licorice aromas and dark fruit notes of blackberry preserves and mineral earth. This is deep, dark and bottomless with good complexity of fruit, expressing blackberry, black currant, prune and plum notes with a decent heft and a smooth mouthfeel. When that washes away theres a wave of thick tannins and ... Read More

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  • Rock Wall Wine Company Jack's Dry Creek Petite Sirah Sonoma County 2014


    Thick earthy clay and soft fruit aromas of mixed berry and black currant, a bit jammy and definitely intriguing. A blend of fruit flavors on the palate - black cherry, black currant, blackberry and prune with a note of licorice and some crushed flowers adding a perfumed note, this finishes with a smoldering earthiness that delivers more jammy fr... Read More

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  • I ordered this about a month ago. Silly me.  I thought it's a ... a field blend--Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane.  Again, something that should be right in my wheelhouse consderitng what a cheerleader I am for the Ridge fleld blends.So, here is my impression.  A good wine, but not one to which I am going to dedicate a lot of cellar space... Read More

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  • Seghesio San Lorenzo Estate 2012


    Vibrant purple color in the glassmore blue than you normally see. Candied fruit on entry. That seems a bit disappointing. Tannin and acid are, very much, resolved. So, now that Im over the initial fruity blast, Im all over the smoothness. An enjoyable wine, but I think Im going to drink mine up. I see no reason to keep these in the cellar. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I bet my wife Sandra would like the Petite Sirah.  Some I have liked, but others not so much.  I wonder if it's hard to turn into a good wine on it's own?  Pinot Noir is known to be difficult to master. Read More

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  • Winding down from all the Christmas, New Year's Eve and B-day ... '13 ... '13 Christopher Creek Petite Sirah. Where the Barolo was almost clear, full of orange rind, fully integrated tannins and still lively acidity, this PS is dark and inky with loads of ripe dark blue fruit and some some medium grained tannins, creating what I affectionately... Read More

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  • I just opened a 2007 LA Cetto Petit Syrah from Valle De Guadalupe, simply outstanding, it's my first bottle of Petit Syrah and is now one of my favorite wines!! Salud!!

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

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