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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  • Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County 2013

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    Dark rich and savory aromas of minerality, blackberry and black currant fruit. Full bodied and bold on the palate, presenting mostly black fruit flavors of blackberry and black currant, a core of spice and leather running through this with a finish that's austere yet still juicy. Finishes with great length of fruit and a bit of earth. Read More

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  • Lots of up front red fruit in this one that I had last night: A Grenache, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah blend.  I think the predominant component grape is the Grenache.  So, this is not as big a wine that would have had mostly Zin or PS.  It's just not a very complex or sophisticated wine.  On the other hand, for a clean-out-the-refrigerator day, it w... Read More

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  • Lone Madrone the Will 2012

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    Wow, big red plum/cherry flavors on the tip of the tongue. Almost an unsweetened chocolate thing mid-palate. Very light on both tannin and acid. Not a particularly sophisticated wine, but something that will go well with burgers or pizza. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Foppiano Vineyards Estate Bottled Petite Sirah Russian River Valley 2013

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    Better than Silver Oak. For 85%less. Cant beat it!!!!!! Read More

    Wine review by PapaJoe09


  • It's really hard to take a pic of these bottles with the painted-on ... a ... a field blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.It's an easy enough wine to drink, but, to me, it's just not very sophisticated.  Candied red fruit on entry and, then, some tarry notes--that actually help it out.  Very light on tannin and not particularly full-... Read More

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  • Marietta Cellars Angeli Cuvee 2013

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    Easy wine to drink--just not terribly sophisticated. Candied red fruit on entry. Then some tarry notes. Not particularly tannic or full-bodied. The saving grace is that there is sufficient tartness to keep this from being declared a fruit bomb. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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  • 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 !!!

    Comment by 642274pswine101 642274 pswine101


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