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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  • Red Truck Winery Petite Sirah 2005

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    One of my all-time fav's Read More

    Wine review by thorpete


  • Miner Family Petite Sirah 2005

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    _mg_1450.jpgsr-45.gif12) Miner Petite Sirah 2005 $40 14.4%Inky yet crisp smelling with a touch of sulfur to lose. Smells lightly cherried and very tarry with plenty of prosciutto and grilled meats. Quite elegant in the mouth with a decidedly black cherry fruit profile. Lots of tannins but well balanced with a rather refined feel and a distinct ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Stanton Petite Sirah Estate Napa Valley 2006

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    Wow this has fine fruit tones on the nose with wonderful depth. This is very ripe yet not over-ripe with well integrated toasty oak and nuanced floral tones as well as notes of ink, blackberry liquor/syrup, macerated flowers, cedar, vanilla minor note, musk, bitter roots and earth. Polished yet big and round. Slippery in the mouth but in a good ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Field Stone "Staten Family Reserve Pitite Sirah" 2006

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    Smells a bit stony then deeply earthy with a bit of sweet oak tempered by a ... and downright elegant for Petite Sirah. 92p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Clayhouse Vineyard Estate Cuvee United States California San Luis Obispo Paso Robles United States California San Luis Obispo Red Rhone Blend Still Wine 2005

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    Pencil shavings and bright, precise fruit on the nose. Really intense aromatics with white pepper, grilled gamy meat, freshly roasted coffee beans and red currant jam, nuanced lemon rind and violet notes. This has a bit of an extracted feel to it but with masses of sweet fruit helping to buffer the formidable tannins. Absolutely packed with frui... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Berryessa Gap Petite Sirah Yolo County Reserve 2005

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    Wonderfuly vinous and spicy with a licorice tone and a touch of VA adding lift. The fruit has a slightly tropical tone and nicely integrated oak and mocha notes with a really fine cherry backdrop and a hint of beach sand. Bright and super juicy with black grapey and plum fruit that is rich yet light on the palate. Modest tannins add some body h... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Eos Petite Sirah 2005

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    Very chocolaty nose with white pepper, cured meats, ground coffee and dried cherry tones. A little bit of sweet tea and flowers in the background, lots of complexity but in a fresh, clean style. Real polish on entry with the acid on top of fairly rich fruit with nicely enmeshed tannins. Nice fruit here, definitely not a sweet style but with ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mettler Family Vineyards Petite Sirah Lodi 2005

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    Deep nose has nice notes of crushed currants, spice, tree bark, red currants, earth, clay, and subtle medicinal/menthol tones with a hint of curing tobacco. Big and bright in the mouth with the depth and richness that PS can deliver yet very little fat or flash. This is deep and plush with muscular fruit and ripe tannins. Theres a floral almos... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Parducci Petite Sirah 2006

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    A nice note of cured meats with a strong tea note then some spicy wood tones and plenty of white pepper tinged black plum and crystallized black berry fruits and even an edge of dried rose. Inky on the palate with an extracted feel up front. Nicely tannic with good supporting acids and a definite milk chocolate and toast top note to the black fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Field Stone "Staten Family Reserve Pitite Sirah" 2006

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    Full-bodied wine with a sweet taste. Smells of a wet forest and earth. Read More

    Wine review by DPollaci


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