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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  • Absolutely not to be confused with the other.  I've met and talked ... except the Stags' Leap petite Sira Read More

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  • 3 more today:L to R - The 2015 Chateau St. Michelle 50th Anniversary bottling, ... ... Grit" Reserve Petite Sirah.Don't normally go for anniversary bottlings but CSM makes pretty good wine at this price point so what the hel Read More

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  • Joel Gott Grenache Alakai 2012


    This was a wonderful expression of the grape blend. Black berry and black cherry ride high with a touch of earth and chocolate. Medium tannins ride good acidity. Easy to drink now, really smooth and effortless - well done 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Orin Swift Abstract California 2013


    Big and bold, right up my alley with large dark berry fruits, dark chocolate, dirt, pepper and with chewy tannins and popping this is well balanced. And then there's 15.7% alc - which, because of the balance to the wine fits quite nicely. 93 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Have a few to catch up on - been busy tracking and getting ready for the NWC on ... this.  Mostly Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah, it's right up my alley.Plus I like the bottles - try to figure out the picks.  I never d Read More

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  • Malagon Tinto Mexicano 2015


    Light coming thru garnet color. Something of a chemical nose. Muted prune flavor on entry. Then serious tannic bitterness. Just not a very good wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Also in memory of Mr. Silva of St. Francis Winery, we opened a nice 2012 Petite Sirah last night.  This varietal is more along the lines of what Sandra enjoys, but I found it very good too.  I'm having another glass now with lunch.  Earlier this morning I did an extra cat feeding in Alexandria, Virginia.  On the way back home, I got on I-395 sou... Read More

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  • There are others here that will undoubtedly tell be able to tell you more, but ... ... quality zinfandels and a petite sirah with some sauvignon blancs and Rhone blends thrown in.  The Dry Creek Zin is little brother to the Black Boar Zin which is well received as their Petite Sirah.  I've not had their SB nor all of the Rhone Blends.  They ha... Read More

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  • We met last night for our 2nd annual pre-HVS old vine offline at Pizzeria Rosso ... blend, a Pinot, 7 Zins and 3 Petite Sirahs.Of course we had lots of Rosso Pizza. I think Dana has pics of all the food.Mother Nature hit us with triple digit temps which made the lineup a little tougher to fully enjoy but we did our best. We started with an '11 ... Read More

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  • The Historic Vineyard Society is holding their annual vineyard tour and dinner today at Pagani Ranch in Kenwood. Last night a few of us got together for a pre-party at Pizzaria Rosso in Santa Rosa. I'll finish the report in the next post to avoid having all the pictures stuffed into the header. 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 !!!

    Comment by 642274pswine101 642274 pswine101

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