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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  • Back home from Cali and just finished unpacking. A bit tired after the Dry ... ... ... all that zin, syrah and petite sirah, we opened this Mendocino white blend from Navarro. Nothing fancy or expensive but somewhat aromatic, tasty and refreshing.&nbs Read More

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  • Vezer Family Vineyard Estate Petite Sirah 2006


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    Wine review by smashley88

  • Steve Rasmussen Zinfandel Petite Sirah Estrella 2013


    A Naked Wines offering. Opens with ripe red apple and cherry, then some smokey blueberry and spice, then black cherry. Fruit forward with very soft tannins and acidity. Long finish of blackberry, currant, and just a bit of spice and herb. I enjoyed how the Sirah cut some of the fruit and replaced it with notes of spice, heat, and smoke. Would b... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Vezer Family Vineyard la Salette Proprietor's Red Blend 2005


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    Wine review by smashley88

  • Petite Sirah has the stuffing to hold up to extended oak aging. It can also be made in a lighter, fruit-forward, early drinking style. As a result, a survey of current release Petite Sirah from several producers might easily span four or more vintages. The wines selected for you below, all current releases from Northern California, run from 2009... Read More

    From the article In Praise of Petite Sirah

  • Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah 2013


    Another hit for Bogle. Dark, brooding and deep, showing the dark side of berries (blue, black) and spice (pepper). Long finish with good balance.93pts. Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt

  • F.Stephen Millier Black Label Reserve Petite Sirah Calaveras County 2013


    A Naked Wines Selection. Dark, inky, and intense in the glass. Opens with dried sage and mint, then vanilla and roasted plum preserves with a long savory finish of dried herbs, black cherry, blackberry, and moss. Big mouthfull, well rounded, with balanced medium tannins and acidity. A knockout at the Angel price and at the $22.99, not bad either. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Clos du Bois Knights Valley Petite Sirah Sonoma Reserve 2011


    This is not the best for the price point. It's full of blackberry and mellow tannins but that's about it. Perhaps it needs more time in the bottle to round out. Basically I expected more complexity but's an average nice tasting wine with no special depth Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis

  • Uh, A1, how high in the air were you that you could see the ocean from Los ... ... Los ... Halcon's first Petite Sirah this summer.  The Prado has become one of Mrs. EMark's favorites: A 50/50 Rossanne/Marsanne blend from the Alder Springs vineyard.  In response to a posting a few pages back by vin0vin0 on an Alder Springs Syrah, I commented ... Read More

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  • I’m part Irish, but I’m not sure how much. I’m not Catholic ... ... a particular fan of the Petite Sirah and PS blends.  2011 Concannon Crimson & Clover Livermore Valley, California 13.7% abv. 50% Petite Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 10% Zinfandel  Great dark fruit, needs to breathe for a while. Dark, deep, concentrated and tannic... Read More

    From the article Switch Things Up: St. Patrick's Day Wines

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

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