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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  • Hello everyone,I'm relative new to wine and the site. I am wondering if someone could assist me, I came across a couple of vintage wine bottles in our storage, but have no clue as to their value or drinkability.The bottles are:1974 Clos Du Bois "second release" Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ML1975 Stony Ridge Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 750 MLand another... Read More

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  • Girard Petite Syrah 2006

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    Wine review by nacler


  • Field Stone "Staten Family Reserve Pitite Sirah" 2006

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    Black Currant & Oak notes leads to earthy almost siltlike chew tart black current fruit & pencil shaving wood. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Pedroncelli Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 2001

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    Funky Barnyard notes over Dark Fruits in the nose, this Petite is also a big burly example with oaky pencil lead -- emphasis on the lead -- obscuring the fruit beneath, finishing very pithy. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Alger Vineyards Petite Sirah El Dorado 2005

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    As with most Petite the inky color is a tip off to a big, burly wine. Dark Berrys with hint of bell pepper on nose, leads to a tart, earthy (silt-like) dark & spicy Black Tea like fruits, with black pepper and oak. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Four Vines Petite Syrah Paso Robles the Heretic 2006

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    Barnyard notes over Dark Fruit nose, tart dark berries in the mouth followed by chocolate, spice and black pepper. And elevated wood/pith levels -- existing in all the Petite I've tasted so far. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Berryessa Gap Petite Sirah Reserve Yolo County California 2003

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    Tasted the 2005: Found this Petite less aggressive & burly than most. Cherry nose, followed by tart sweet dark berries, heat & wood. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Michael David Petite Sirah Lodi Earthquake 2006

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    Coffee on the nose, followed by chocolate berries, meaty & chewy. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Parducci Petite Sirah 2005

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    The label "True Grit" is an early indication to get ready cause this wine is going to wrestle with your taste buds. Although, the Berry nose belies what follows: Lead, Wood, & heat practically obscure the Dark Berries underneath. Lots of pith as in Popsicle Stick on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Alger Vineyards Petite Sirah El Dorado 2005

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    Hot licorice nose, low in acid but high in tannins. There are some characteristic light flowery notes which then moves through bitter cherry to a leathery finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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