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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  • Very interesting, DM.  I was always of the opinion, and, of course, ... ... ... varieties like Syrah and Petite Sirah are grown in Bordeaux.  French winemaking laws being what they are, is it legal to  use them in Bordeaux AOC wine Read More

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  • Spinning this discussion out from another thread.To start with, here is a ... ... Franc3% Malbec3% Merlot2% Petite SirahAlso, the front label indicates "Claret," which, to me indicates a blended wine, and "Cabernet Sauvignon," which implies a varietal bottling.  I guess the marketing boys did not want to take any chances.  Clearly, it is a mad... Read More

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  • One of our charming new posters, cysurvivor, was fishing for recommendations ... get a glass or six.)  Petite Sirah was next.  This always comes from the Madrone Spring vineyard, and used to be blended, at least in part, with the Zinfandel.  Clay made a decision a couple years ago to stop putting PS in the Zin.  It means that the drinking wind... Read More

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  • Bell Wine Cellars Claret 2008

    Snoothrank:

    Dark purple color. Oaky vanilla bouquet. Lightish black fruit on entry. Vanilla pops up, again, in the mid-palate. Apparent, but not obnoxious tannin. Same for acid. Fairly lengthy aftertaste. A full-bodied wine, but, because of the light touch of many of the flavors, a wine that is easy to drink without accompaniment. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • OK, here's an everything-but-the-kitchen sink wine:Get a load of this (from ... Franc3% Malbec3% Merlot2% Petite SirahAlso, the front label indicates "Claret," which, to me indicates a blended wine, and "Cabernet Sauvignon," which implies a varietal bottling.  I guess the marketing boys did not want to take any chances.  Clearly, it is a made f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • DV, it sounds like their palates aren't ready for dry wines yet. If you are ... maybe a Bogle Zinfandel or Petite Sirah would fill the need.Welcome to the Snooth communit Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello all by 324443outthere 324443 outthere


  • So me and my wife took a cruise a few months back. And ofcorse we wanted to try as many new things as possible. One of those things happened to be wine. Until then me being the typical 30 year old male I usually stuck to beer or whiskey things of that nature and my wife just didn't like to drink much at all. But oh the magic that happened on tha... Read More

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  • The Crusher Petite Sirah Grower's Selection 2012

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    A little on the dry side, but I think I might need to give this a second look. More of a cab than a petit sirah...missing blueberries. Heavy blackberry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Handcraft Petite Sirah 2012

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    Wine review by tpcello7


  • I'll be in Germany next week, and once I arrive I plan to drag my ... ... Tannat, Sagrantino, Malbec, Petite Sirah etc. But I'd also never pass up a perfected Bordeaux or Rhone blend.For those who have been to some of the best wine regions in Europe, where would you go back if you wanted to make the most of exactly one day? I plan to bring a c... Read More

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