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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  • Eos Petite Sirah Paso Robles Cupa Grandis Grand Barrel Reserve 2005

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    Fine cigar box oak on the nose with really intense tropical floral and fruit notes. Smells like buying a cigar on Maui. Theres a saline note hear as well and deep fruit but the oak tends to dominate. Rich and bright with tremendous freshness in the mouth, this is richly bright black raspberry and mulberry fruited with a bit of drying tannin and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Silkwood Petite Sirah 2007

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    Sulfury nose, juniper berry nose, Big entry, strict on the palate with a pretty pure if extracted wild berry fruit tone, a touch soft but expansively textured, lots of depth here with a bit of sweet citrus notes on top then a nice pipe tobacco element and plenty of big fruit tannins emerging in the mouth. Finishes a bit short and disjointed. See... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Four Vines Petite Sirah Paso Robles Heretic 2005

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    Jammy, spicy, a fair amount of cedar oaky, a bit gamy, BO, gentle and soft nose. Sweet entry, matte and a bit flat in the mouth with a bitter, extracted edge that clashes with the baking spice oak tones. Monolithic and lacking inner mouth energy. A serious PS that lacks the fruit and finishes short 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Eos Estate Reserve Petite Sirah 2006

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    Deep floral and crushed berry fruit is very penetrating with integrated oak and lovely black tea and iron/limestone and clay tone. Really lovely nose. Full velvety entry is followed by a bright rich midpalate with massaged tannins. This is mouth filling but not heavy with a fine tea note to the crisp red berry fruit and a touch of forest floor ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Michael David Petite Sirah Lodi Earthquake 2006

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    Very smokey and oak with a lot of butterscotch and caramel with clove and black tea on the nose. Big and flat in the mouth with a hint of simple but rich black cherry/boysenberry fruit. A bit woody tannin on the back end but this is plump and rich. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Twisted Oak Petite Sirah Calaveras County 2006

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    Lots of fruit on the nose with notes of meat, tree bark, cigar wrapper, big black pepper spice, dark cherry, a bit of cola, nice level of complexity. Big fruit here yet with a bright, integrated spicy, forest floor, medicinal, coriander and roast white meat tone. Rather suave and complex with real depth and a nice layered palate presence. A bit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Judd's Hill Petite Sirah California 2005

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    Fruity in the nose, but it works out in the end. Read More

    Wine review by zacksinkler


  • Judd's Hill Petite Sirah California 2005

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    Nose of dark berries. Nice, clean mouth. Relatively simplistic. Read More

    Wine review by troyconquer


  • Michael David Petite Petit Syrah 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by ocean78


  • David Bruce Petite Sirah Santa Cruz Mountains 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by courtcas


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