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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      Yolo County is an emerging wine region within the Central Valley district of California. T...

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    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

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    The Lodi wine region lies in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, which include...

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    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

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    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

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    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

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    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

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    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

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  • Concannon Vineyard Petite Sirah Livermore Valley Conservancy 2009


    So...trying my best to venture beyond my favorite style (pinot noir). This petite sirah from the Livermore Valley reminds me of pinot noir. Almost too silky and smooth, but difficult to ignore the beautiful black berry, spice, and apple pie notes. Very good at $13! Read More

    Wine review by matthewjk

  • Vigilance Cimarron 2011


    Blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon with an 14.2% abv. Dark purple in the glass and nicely fruity on the nose. Tasting provides lots of dark fruits, mild acidity and finishes with a nice bit of tannins ala the Cab. 88pts. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Cycles Gladiator Petite Sirah 2011


    We were recently introduced to petite sirah wine and we're astonished at how much we liked it. Tried this Cycles gladiator and we're impressed again. If you're a red wine lover, you HAVE to try this! Read More

    Wine review by Cshoe

  • Welcome, CB.  You'll find a lot of red wine lovers here.  Me, for ... more of a Cabernet Sauvignon/Petite Sirah/Zinfandel and, thanks to my Snooth experience, Syrah kinda guy.Am I correct in assuming that your Malbec appreciation comes from trying examples from Argentin Read More

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  • Chariot Gypsy Red 2012


    Lighter color red, but do not let that fool you. Well balanced red table wine. Highly recommend for a good basic to drink alone or with food. Good staying power in the fridge, but did get a little acidic. Red fruit/black fruit balance. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Ridge Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley Lytton Estate 2010


    Something of a sour viney nose. I'm not getting much fruit flavor on the palate at all. Super stark drying sensation, mostly. I may require more air. A bit bitter on the back of the palate. I like the lack of fruitiness, but you have to really like lean wines to enjoy this one. US$27.99 at Packing House Wine Merchants in Claremont. Amendm... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Bill, have you ever come to the right place.  There are a lot of Zinfandel ... made from 71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah and 7% Carignane--all grown in the Lytton Springs vineyard in Dry Creek Valley.  I don't know if Ridge has a Lodi bottling, but nothing would surprise me.  Most of the Ridge bottling of which I am aware are from various Sonom... Read More

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  • So my wife loves zins but we really like a velvety mouth feel with some good fruit.  Right now our favorite is The Zin by Cosentino.  If anyone has recommendations my wife is starting to sware off all other booze except this zin so help me out.  We are open to other reds as well. Read More

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  • Reds 2012


    Fruit forward Lodi wine. The Petite Sirah dominates this blend. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

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

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