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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  • I bet my wife Sandra would like the Petite Sirah.  Some I have liked, but others not so much.  I wonder if it's hard to turn into a good wine on it's own?  Pinot Noir is known to be difficult to master. Read More

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  • Winding down from all the Christmas, New Year's Eve and B-day ... '13 ... '13 Christopher Creek Petite Sirah. Where the Barolo was almost clear, full of orange rind, fully integrated tannins and still lively acidity, this PS is dark and inky with loads of ripe dark blue fruit and some some medium grained tannins, creating what I affectionately... Read More

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  • Randy, I've often wondered how the Wagners (and it seems to run through the ... not syrah or megapurple or petite sirah ... just sayin Read More

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  • Ha ha I was taught to buy the zins with an R;  Ravenswood, Ridge, 2 more ... bottleings of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.  The one bottle that I've tasted was great, but Outthere chastised me for being impatient.  So, the others in my inventory are laying sideways right now and will continue ot do so for quite some time.Joel Peterson's son, Morga... Read More

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  • Trentadue Old Patch Red Lot# 43 2015

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    Good solid every day dinner wine Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County 2013

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    Dark rich and savory aromas of minerality, blackberry and black currant fruit. Full bodied and bold on the palate, presenting mostly black fruit flavors of blackberry and black currant, a core of spice and leather running through this with a finish that's austere yet still juicy. Finishes with great length of fruit and a bit of earth.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lots of up front red fruit in this one that I had last night: A Grenache, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah blend.  I think the predominant component grape is the Grenache.  So, this is not as big a wine that would have had mostly Zin or PS.  It's just not a very complex or sophisticated wine.  On the other hand, for a clean-out-the-refrigerator day, it w... Read More

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  • Lone Madrone the Will 2012

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    Wow, big red plum/cherry flavors on the tip of the tongue. Almost an unsweetened chocolate thing mid-palate. Very light on both tannin and acid. Not a particularly sophisticated wine, but something that will go well with burgers or pizza. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Decided to spin this out from another thread to keep things clear and more easily accessible.Please post your recommendations here. Will add my own when I have a spare moment.... Read More

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  • Foppiano Vineyards Estate Bottled Petite Sirah Russian River Valley 2013

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    Better than Silver Oak. For 85%less. Cant beat it!!!!!! Read More

    Wine review by PapaJoe09


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