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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  • Parducci Petite Sirah Mendocino County 2014

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    Darkly concentrated blackberry aromas with bold spice and black cherry notes. Tart red fruit notes on the palate, cranberry and strawberry with a thick palate of strong chewy tannins and a hot, spiced finish of clove, blueberry compote and cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Halcon Tierra Yorkville Highlands 2013

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    Not as dark in the glass as many PSes are. Very fruit, and slightly floral, nose. A very full-bodied wine that enters with nice cherry flavor. Surprisingly, light on tannin. A sturdy wine. Tannin and acid, both of which are noticeable. seem to be in very good harmony with each other and with fruit. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Tank Garage All Or Nothing Red Blend Napa 2015

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    Floral notes of crushed violet and allspice with juicy black currant. Full bodied and full fruited on the palate with notes of licorice, dark mixed berry and black cherry, some earth and a medicinal note riding alongside through to the lightly tannic finish. Bold and assertive with a driving herbal and fruit profile. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Michael and David Phillips Petite Petit Petite Sirah Lodi 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by JPJP1989


  • Same fruit, same vineyard, same vintage conpletely different beasts. I opened ... I opened ... Mending Wall Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga (3/27/2018)Man this pours dark. Perhaps the blackest wine I have ever opened. With that said it’s not the big massve behemoth it could be considering the intense ... Read More

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


  • Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Some dustiness in the nose. Red fruit on entry, but, thankfully, not jammy or syrupynice acid tartness seems to deflect those possibilities. A bit light on tannin compared to my memory of previous vintages. An easy to drink wine, but I think more sideways storage will integrate the components, better. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mark, if you haven't already, next time you're in Napa set up a tasting ... found this '03 Carlisle petite sirah and thought of all the wine here this has the best chance of still being drinkable.  Unfortunately, the cork broke into pieces and half of it stayed put.  I found an '05 Four Vines zin and managed to get the cork out of that one. The... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Depends on what the winemaker is trying to achieve, bu no, all red blends are ... be Syrah/Cabby, Zinfandel/Petite Sirah and list goes on.My the way - how did you get those corks up in the air over that cabana?&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Sketchbook Artist's Red Blend Mendocino County 2014

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    Dark cola and raspberry aromas, firmly red fruited and bright with cinnamon spice. Cherry cola and cranberry fruit on the palate with a bit of licorice root on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... QuillenMy Vine SpotQuivivra Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley California 2013Valentine's Day is unquestionably a special occasion for the wine lover. Unlike Thanksgiving table, where you are guaranteed to have family who would appreciate two buck chuck a lot more than C... Read More

    From the article Eleventh Hour Valentine's Day Wines


  • 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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