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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  • Avalon Blend Red Wine California 2015

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    This was a wine looking for a body. The nose was pretty good with Damson plum, dark cherry, spice and modest tannins and balanced acidity. Short aftertaste drink now - 83 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Wow, I haven't had a Stag's Leap Cab in awhile - like their Petite Sirah a lot.  Some to adjust my budget for. Glad you posted this. Read More

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  • Teldeschi Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 1999

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    I opened the bottle carefully (cork and age can be fickle friends) and then decanted it for about an hour. The wine is a rich, inky black at the center with bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, plum and kisch, that just reminds me of many of the wonderful local Italian places in New York. The wine is an explosi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • In 1991 the popularity of Zinfandel wasn’t a speck of what it is today. ... is only 67% Zinfandel with Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Mourvedre making up the balance. The bright nose is appealing with cracked black peppercorn, anise and black cherry aromas. The even keeled palate shows off a combination of black and red fruits intermingling. Dus... Read More

    From the article Fire up the barbecue. Zin is in.


  • Earthquake Petite Sirah Lodi 2013

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    Inky black in the glass. Blackberries, spice, oak lead the way and follow nicely to the palate. This is a mouthful and deservedly so. Firm tannins, full throttled fruit and balanced acidity drive a lengthy aftertaste. 91 points - Drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... I've never experienced a Petite Sirah with this kind of elegance before. This was a treat and my WOTN.1988 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-RôtieMy first choice in a Rhone was for a Cornas but they didn't have one with age that fit... Read More

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  • The Petite Sirah was bigger than most and more of the type I like and the Clos du Val was just flat out good, drinking well above it's price point. Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    PnPed. Musty nose. May blow off in a few minutes. Red fruit on entrysome raspberry, but, as much as anything, thing not very tart cranberry, if such a thing exists. Firm but not obtrusive tannin. I would give a similar description for acid. Far from the most full-bodied Zin. Sure enough. The mustiness on the nose on opening was probably... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... mean Zinfandel, followed by Petite Sirah. Not that there's nothing else grown, and in fact Syrah is one of the more interesting grapes right now because there are so many people trying their hands at it, but Zin and PS just aren't done anywhere else for all pract... Read More

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  • Despite my somewhat feeble attempts trying to find US wine in Australia is frustratingSo I think I would like to build a list of high Quality but not astronomic priced wines my American Snooth Colleagues would suggest I look out forBare in mind that if it is from a very small niche producer I would need to know how I can source it in AustraliaSo... 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!!

    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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