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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Petite Sirah on Snooth

  • So I just started a wine tasting class a couple of weeks ago in college as an elective course. I am learning a lot about wine, and recently aeration, so we have been using decanters to let Cabernet Sauvignon breathe, which does get better after some minutes in the decanter. I felt like it also improved a lot an Argentine Malbec young wine.But ea... Read More

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  • Thanks to the generosity of JD we enjoyed this over the course of the past two ... Zinfandel, tossed in some Petite Sirah and threw in a couple barrels of Cab Sauv for good measure. Big ripe delicious fruit, with great spice and structure. Very easy drinking but showing complexity for such a rich wine. Thanks Pa Read More

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  • Czarina -- I like all the Seghesios because they taste like wine--not something ... a few other grapes such as Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Alicante Bouschet.  I refained from mentioning this one to Czarina, because I wasn't sure it would fit her "fruit forward" request, and it would certainly not fit her budget.  This wine would probably cost ... Read More

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  • Terrance - the Dancing Bull is a Gallo wine. They get more shelf space by ... ... little else. Try to find a Petite Sirah or Syrah or heaven forbid, something other than one of the top 10 grapes.My guess is that in Europe, if you go to the big markets, you find something similar. It's just that there are so many small shops still exisiting and... Read More

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  • Daytripper Clarksburg Petite Sirah 2012


    A Tasting Room quarterly selection also available from Lot 18. This is the Lot ... that it's a pure, pleasant Petite Sirah. The wine has great acidity, which keeps the fruit bright and the spicy finish long and enjoyable.' Though I found only a bare hint of a Zinfandel, and much more spice and earth. Quite a little beaut Read More

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  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? Read More

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  • Fleur de California Petite Sirah 2010


    Light, airy and well balanced. Flavors of blackberry, raspberry and florals. Read More

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  • Handcraft Petite Sirah 2010


    Fruit forward wine that doesn't become jammy. Nice acidity to balance the fruit with a soft tannins on the finish. There's a lot to like in this wine. Read More

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  • Green and Red Zinfandel Chiles Canyon Vineyards Napa Valley 2010


    %5 each Petite Sirah and SyrahCool and autumnal on the nose with ripe, slightly tarry fruit, huge forest floor aromas strong with dry pine needles. Bight on entry and old school on the palate this shows lovely depth of floral tones in the mouth framing small dark berry fruit that shows a whisper of herb along with all the big fruit. Softly tann... Read More

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  • Luke, coming in strong! Sounds like they are holding their own. Mike's ... ... Acres as the Carignane and Petite Sirah add life to the Mourvedre. Have you had these since release or was it a secondary market purchas Read More

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