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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  • This should probably be in the Home Project and Inkiest Wines threads but too ... ... 2009 Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah is blacker than night, quite viscous, tooth staining fruit packed and loaded with chalky tannins. One hell of a win Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 324443outthere 324443 outthere

  • Welcome to Snooth Esol!  Have to agree that for big, tooth staining reds, petite sirah is also my go to wine. We used to be able to find a lot of big, jammy zins in the central coast region however, they seem to be making less of these and more Rhone style blends. Another option for big reds we've liked is Grenache based blends from Priorat, Spa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best Inky Wines?

  • HI everone. New to Snooth here, but would love some recommendations. Not so ... ... of this, I tend to favor Petite Sirah, but often find good examples of this in Malbec, Syrah, Cab Sauv, Mourvedre and Nero D'Avola. I just had my first Tannat and Sagrantino, which were both good but as noted the bitter tannins in the Sagrantino were a distract... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best Inky Wines?

  • Andis Wines Petite Sirah Sierra Foothills 2010


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    Wine review by JP6177

  • I have very little experience with Grenache/Granacha.  (I don't think ... by their first offerings of Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir.  I'm hoping that I get another chance when the Alturas is released this winte Read More

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  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

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  • Ravenswood Besieged 2013


    The color of this wine is a mix between purple, burgundy and has brown tinges....oily in texture! Rich dark berry aromas with some dried dark fruits in there as well. Flavors follow suit and there are added notes of licorice, nutty oak, Earthy spice tones, blackberry, dark cherries etc....full mouthfeel and buttery smooth! Alcohol tinge right... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Again, showing my trust in OT:Ancillary 2014 Sangiacomo Vineyard ChardonnayI ... ... 2013 Theopolis Vineyard Petite SirahCeritas 2013 Porter-Bass Vineyard ChardonnayMyriad 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet SauvignonMyriad 2013 Three Twins Vineyard Cabernet SauvignonMyriad 2013 Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III Cabernet SauvignonMyriad 2013 McGah Famil... Read More

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  • Of course we've tried them. For years I didn't care much for the reds ... they're doing stuff like Petite Sirah for example, and doing it well. Petite Verdot is still, well, Petit Verdot. But even their Cabs can be quite good. And the whites were as good as ever. It's a big country in terms of potential wine sites, so i'ts hard to talk about "... Read More

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  • Tonight I attended our second tasting of Chilean wines at the Crystal City Wine Shop in Crystal City, Virginia.  This was a special tasting of wines from the Botalcura Winery in Santiago, Chile - special because the Winemaker Philippe Dubrus was there to introduce the wines.  That's me in a selfie with him below.  This winery has been featured b... Read More

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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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