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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  • Winemaker's Folly Chapter 1 Vino Tinto 2018


    Sour nose. Upfront stewed fruits, Then, cinnamon. Very slight acidity. Very slight tannin. I want to hate this wine--it just doesn't have any complexity or sophistication--but it seems to be growing on me. It is so easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Carlisle Winery Two Acres Russian River Valley 2017


    The first of this bottling I've ever tried. Lovely dark fruit--blackberry, blueberry, prune--that is not "sweet" at all. Fairly viscous mouthfeel. Some spice--cinnamon, nutmeg. Stiff tannin and good acid forecast a few years of aging would be beneficial. Note to self: buy more, next time. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Petite Sirah 2014


    Introductory fruit of blackberry, Some nice dustiness or minerality, "Thick" viscous mouthfeel. As the wine warms from cellar temperature, I notice slight tartness, Nicely full-bodied, Quite lengthy aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2016


    Nice introduction of muted red berry fruit. Good acid tartness. Interestinly, while looking at the grape variety components of this wine, one migjt think this is a big red bruiser. On the contrary it is fairly elegant. This wine could accompany a wide variety of foods from a hearty steak to a flavorful cornish game hen. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Markham Cellar 1879 Blend 2016


    This wine opens with a lot of red fruit. I find that a bit surprising for a Napa Valley red, but what do I know? Marginally "sweet," and quite tannic. Rough around the edges--not a particulary elegant wine--but, for $17, an absolutely terrific burger wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2010


    I love the dark plum color of PS. Dark fruit--blackberry, blueberry, black plum--but not too much; Some serious mineral or soil add a nice contrast and complements the fruit. A fairly smooth wine. Although, there are still unresoved tannins that indicate that more years of storage could be rewarding. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • The holidays are around the corner. If you haven’t bought your ... ... ... combines a bit of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Malbec and Merlot with Cabernet. It's a Meritage-ish blend that works. There is plenty of bold fruit here in a silky style that is wonderfully fresh and yet has the depth and spice of a bigger wine. Break this out for your crowd of... Read More

    From the article How to Give the Gift of Wine Without Really Trying

  • Building a cellar isn’t always about laying down the most expensive wines ... ... shadow. While most Petite Sirahs lack some elegance, they make up for it with bold, gutsy fruit. With age, the wines gain an expansive softness that really shows how cellaring can enhance the texture of a wine. Never the most complex wine, aged Petit Sirah noneth... Read More

    From the article 5 Wines Worth Cellaring

  • Kumbaya Blend California 2014


    Ruby red coloration with rusty purple hues around the rim when held against light and shows nice legs too! Semi clear transparency which suggests some decanting could be done to this one. Aromas of sweet vanilla, dark cherry, blackberry and chokecherry deepness....perhaps some mild peppery spice and oak dryness. Flavors are very fruit forward... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Ridge Geyserville 2013


    Three years after my previous notes on this wine, I'm still liking it. As noted before, a light hit of red fruit--raspberry--but with no sweetness. Acid is apparent. As previously reported, tannin is somewhat sedate. I'm still calling this a medium-bodied wine, but contrary to my previous assessment, I am of the impression that more years of ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • 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!!

    Comment by 1927445Giusepp3 1927445 Giusepp3

  • 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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