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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  • Guenoc Petite Syrah 2005


    A group of friends and I recently enjoyed a couple of bottles of the Guenoc Petite Sirah with Indian food. Before the food was served, I found the taste to be very pleasant, but really nothing more. Once I started eating however (Rogan Josh - lamb in a moderately spicy tomato based sauce), the wine completely came alive. It was a great match f... Read More

    Wine review by cwelsh

  • Huntington Wine Petite Syrah 2005


    Love this. Very open the bottle and enjoy with cheese and crackers. Had it for thanksgiving dinner Read More

    Wine review by christahu

  • Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah Clarksburg Port 2006


    Great wine for a great price! Read More

    Wine review by acmoshier

  • Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah Clarksburg Port 1999


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    Wine review by acmoshier

  • The store that i am currently working at used to sell this wine called Verget du Sud Petite Syrah "Endes" and it turned me onto the grape. It had the nose of a beach with that fresh misty scent of salt in the air, the body was great medium texture, mildly spicy in the end, and overall had a great taste; we sold bunches. So i'm wondering if there... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Any interesting Petite Syrah...

  • Its not often that one gets a second chance with wines like this.  Way back ... ... Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Mondeuse. While these might seem an odd assortment one has to factor in the way Sebastiani weathered the storm of Prohibition: by shipping thick-skinned grapes, (Carignane, Petite Sirah, Mondeuse), throughout the country ... Read More

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  • Château de Beaucastel White Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2002


    Blends the lushousity edge of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, mitt the ... ... the brusque structure of Petite Sirah, etc: it is the flesh of all life rolled into complexity and trapped, like unto a "Prisoner"? I fully expect Swift Cellars to issue forth a wine named "Enigma" ..though love that this aspect also is chained into this art f... Read More

    Wine review by gtv john

  • Fleur de California Petite Sirah Central Coast 2006


    Pretty solid Petit for the price. nice taste. Read More

    Wine review by 92991jaymesbawned 92991 jaymesbawned

  • Stag S Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2005


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    Wine review by fhodgdon3

  • Michael-David Vineyards Incognito 2005


    This Rhône-style blend is bravely composed of 9 different varietals including: ... including: Mourvedre, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Cinsault, Carignane, Tannat, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Grenache. The outcome is successfully, by design, an enigmatic Rhône Valley tribute including, literally, every typical Rhône varietal. Surprisingly, I found cha... Read More

    Wine review by rwb5150

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