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

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Lake County

    Lake County is an emerging wine region within California’s North Coast, north of Napa. Clear La...

  • Paso Robles

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

  • Sonoma County

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

  • Israel

      Wine has been produced in Israel since Biblical times, perhaps longer than anywhere in the...

  • Yolo County

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

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Lodi

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

Popular Wineries using Petite Sirah

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

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

  • Jessup Cellars

    Owners Dan and Becky Blue, Roy and Cheri Eisiminger and Vance and Jana Thompson are proud to pres...

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Petite Sirah on Snooth

  • Does Gallo still produce Hearty Burgundy? I used to be able to buy it in any grocery store but haven't been able to find in in quite a while. I read about a 50th anniversary Hearty Burgundy which leads me to believe it's still being produced. Any thoughts about why I can't find it in NC? Read More

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  • Hey edwilly - haven't seen you around for a while. I know you know this, ... ... It's a shame really.Petite Sirah is, as you know, a progeny of Syrah but has little in common with it. It tends to be monolithic and lacking in much complexity, somewhat along the lines of Aglianico IMHO. That said, the Turley's are some of the best and I think t... Read More

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  • I'm also a fan of Rhone wines, even preferring them to Bordeaux when it ... might also try the Turley petite sirahs just for fun. I think that their Hayne Vineyard zinfandel and petite sirah are quite good wines and the PS in particular is unlike some others in that it is not overly tannic and has a notable balance of fruit, wood, and tannins.... Read More

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  • Went to a tasting last week at one of our favorite local wine stores to check ... ... of really good zins, a petite sirah and a remarkably smooth tannat.  We bought the Monte Rosso zin, the Jack's Vineyard petite sirah and this really, really nice Kristen's Cuvee viognier.  Really happy to see Rock Wall establishing a presence here in North C... Read More

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  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, I've been seriously enjoying and exploring wine for just over 20 years. On the red side, right now I'm partial to wines from Spain and the Rhone valley, but other loves are Oregon pinots, really good Italian wines (yes, it's endless, but that's the fun), and wanting to try mu... Read More

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  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2008


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    Wine review by sestri01

  • After a brief introduction to the the state of Washington this past Monday I ... Washington State Primitivo, Petite Sirah, and Mourvedre.  2012 Milbrandt Vineyards The Estates Milbrandt viognier 13.5% $20 A little jasmine, apricot, kiwi and intensely polleny floral aromas greet the nose.  A bit tart on entry, this is simple but bright and juic... Read More

    From the article What's Hot in WA?

  • Milbrandt Vineyards Vineyard Series Petit Sirah Wahluke Slope 2010


    Chocolate, plum, rose petal and white pepper come together on the nose. On entry this is clear, firm and young with a nice blend of richness, power and juicy transparency. There's a little meaty edge to this in the mouth and again while it's a touch simple it captures the fruit of the variety quite well without over doing it. Candied red cherry... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Vina Robles Petite Sirah is a great pizza wine. Which wine did you pop? Read More

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  • Ruby Hill Grapeful Red 2007


    It is very good! Read More

    Wine review by 49erbacker

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