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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  • The only grapes that I can for sure figure out is the Zin (of course), syrah, ... ... and the strength of the petite sirah...after looking it up it says cabernet sauvignon and charbono (bonarda) are used also.  The charbono I get - I do like, especially the Lamadrid from Argentina; but the cabby I missed out on totally.  Maybe the time in the... Read More

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  • Ravenswood Besieged 2014

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    A Ravenswood project and a veritable whos who of deep red grape varieties. Surprisingly restrained yet still a touch heated on the nose with spicy blackberry and black currant aromas and pleasant sweet spice. Quite fruity on entry and intriguingly diverse, beginning with blueberry, black cherry and blackberry fruit before releasing a swath of ta... Read More

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  • Rock Wall Wine Company le Mur de Roche Petite Sirah Napa 2012

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    Hot and intoxicating aromas of black cherry and molasses on the nose. Dark black cherry and blackberry fruit enveloping the palate in waves, surprisingly tight and focused despite the depth of fruit. This finishes with an explosive final push of black currant preserves, oak and butter, sharp acidity and tannins with a long streak of dark chocola... Read More

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  • OK, I'm back on station.In catching up with my e-mail, yesterday, I saw ... I saw ... some Mourvdre and Petite Sirah added).That was all that was available to me by the time I found the e-mail.  I am pretty sure there were other offerings that sold out before I was able to get in.  No problem there.  That, I'm sure, helped control me.Then I n... Read More

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  • So how much are we talking for that Petite Sirah, EM?  Less than $20 perhaps? Read More

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  • The Prisoner Zinfandel Cabernet Sauvignon Petite Sirah 2013

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    tolerable tannins and great acidity, fruit and spice Syrah, Petite Sirah Beginner but this sole my heart along with their white blend Blindfold Read More

    Wine review by Joie11


  • Zinfandel lovers unite in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Eno-tourists are ... ... Falls Hillside Estate Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 2012Decadent butter cream and vanilla aromas with oak spice and a light savory note coming through amidst black currant and blackberry fruit. Chewy tannins and herbed fruit on the palate with dried basil and sage l... Read More

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  • Parducci True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah Mendocino 2014

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    Pleasant aromas of red fruits and savory bouillon. Concentrated, rich and full bodied with a bold fruit expression of black currant and black cherry which explodes on the mid palate with full acidity, mixed spice and full fruit flavors. Gripping tannins on the finish with a final note of earth and chocolate, a hot bite of spice. Great with grill... Read More

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  • Collier Falls Hillside Estate Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 2012

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    Decadent butter cream and vanilla aromas with oak spice and a light savory note coming through amidst black currant and blackberry fruit. Chewy tannins and herbed fruit on the palate with dried basil and sage leaf framing raspberry, cherry and cranberry fruit. The fruit is delicate and candied but retreats on the finish leaving behind floral not... Read More

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  • Pedroncelli Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 2014

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    Inky, brooding and savory aromas of concentrated blackberry, black currant preserves and rich butter-rum spiked chocolate mousse. In the mouth this sings with ripe fruit flavors of black cherry and black currant, turning earthy and oaken towards the mid palate, and sloping down towards an earthy finish of toast, butter and oak. 90 pts 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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