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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  • Napa

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  • California

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  • Israel

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  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Lake County

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  • Lodi

    The Lodi wine region lies in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, which include...

  • Paso Robles

    Paso Robles (“Oak Pass”) is part of San Luis Obispo county in California’s Central Coast. The f...

  • Yolo County

      Yolo County is an emerging wine region within the Central Valley district of California. T...

Popular Wineries using Petite Sirah

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

  • William Hill Winery

    William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley w...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. The original 57-acre (23 ...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

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Petite Sirah on Snooth

  • Enkidu E Old Vine Field Blend 2012

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    Quite stout blackberry nose with a touch of an acerbic somethingmaybe, alcohol. Terrific blackberry and earthy flavors flow over the tongue. This is a very fat wine, but the fruit is roped in by earthiness and tannin. So, there is no jamminess at all. This is the second one of these that Ive had (one more to go) and, while I dont really have... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • RLM, if you are truly looking for Italian red wines, then you can't go ... ... their Zinfandel and their Petite Sirah.  I'm pretty sure these come in right around $10.  For a few bucks more, they have some red blends called Essential Red and Phantom.Good luck, and let us know if any of these suggestions work out.  Actually, if you find that an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking for an everyday red...


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  • Ravenswood Besieged Red Blend 2013

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    Boy, I did not hate this wine, but I won't be buying more. Totally unintegrated, a bit too fruity for me, pretty flaccid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • For acid lovers only. These days that's me so bonus time. First time with ... time with this NV blend if Petite Sirah. Cinsault and Zinfandel. Packed with blood orange, chewy fruit and bracing acidity. Really enjoying this. Not a wine for fans of big jammy fruit. Abe hit the mark for me he Read More

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


  • Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2011

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    Enjoyable, rich wine. Not sure it is worth the price though. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • As you may know I love Zinfandel. I think it’s the greatest domestic wine ... come with a heavy dose of Petite Sirah which helps to form some of the classic Zinfandel based field blends and is one of the most fortuitous of pairings out there. That they are not pure Zinfandel should not be held against them, neither was my top rated wine, one wh... Read More

    From the article Value Zinfandel $15 and Under


  • Emark, I've seen the Flowers Chard in my local wine store but haven't ... ... your take on it?BTW, the petite sirah was very nice. I was a bit dubious about this Treasure Hunter brand. Tried to do a bit of research on them and I get led to Kitfox vineyards and 3fingers wines.  Still not sure what all is going on but I've had several of their w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Bodegas Barco de Piedra Tempranillo 2012

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    Part of the tasting along with the Denier-Handal and the Marietta Cellars Petite Sirah..Liked this but preferred the Marietta Cellars. A great robust and to me everything a Tempranillo is. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Marietta Cellars Petite Sirah 2012

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    Sorry, this is the 2010... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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