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 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

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    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

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    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

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    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 no............it'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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Just returned from a quick trip to the Central Coast.  Visited Talley and ... ... Syrah-- 2012 Edna Valley Petite SirahI hope to get caught up, today, with a bunch of stuff which has been put on "ignore" for the last few days.  If I haven't lost my enthusiasm, I'll post more detail on the visits to these two wineries. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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


  • Stags' Leap Winery the Investor 2012

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    Good, but I was expecting more! The newest entry into the Stags Leap portfolio ... ... The tannins are from the Petite Sirah no doubt and rounded out by the Merlot. A good starter wine to the night, but that is about it for the investor. I expected more structure and depth from a winery of this pedigree. I'd prefer lesser expensive alternativ... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • I've had the Graciano (still have a bottle, was bought at slight discount ... like bunch rot and the like (petite sirah's bugbear in France) turn out not to be a big problem in a place where you have low humidity and virtually no rainfall after bunch closure and through harvest.  Which describes California, pretty much, except for the fog--whi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Bought two bottles of Ulises Valdez's 2011 St. Peter's Church Zinfandel ... going half-sies on some new Petite Sirah made by Mike Talty's nephew.  In a reversal of Mike's formula (90% Zin, 7% PS, 3% Carignane), this is 90% PS, 10% Zin, which softens it up a bit.  We also tasted but did not buy a Cab from Kachina that is blended with Charbono an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


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