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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  • Indian Peak Petite Sirah 2005


    This Petite Syrah is a jazzy, peppery wine that goes well with most any food. The color is exceptional in that it is clear and bright as well as a pleasure to look at. The nose is a wonderful prelude to what you will experience on your palate. Read More

    Wine review by onemrssully

  • Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah Clarksburg Port 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by tiwenzo

  • Chariot Gypsy Red NV


    This is hands-down one of the best wine values on the market. A softer red than most blends, but easily drinkable with almost any cuisine. Read More

    Wine review by DrinkinCheap

  • What is the difference I should be looking for between these two wines? Also, am I correct when I say that Shiraz is pronounced with a "rah" on the end? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah/Shiraz by 168755Gantt Hickman 168755 Gantt Hickman

  • Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah Napa Valley Peterson Family Vineyard 2006


    James introduced this to me... Very nice... Read More

    Wine review by dudleyemmert

  • here are still a few seats left for Thursday's blind tasting.If you'ld like to join us just let me know. It's gonna be a pretty interesting look at california's own Petty Sarah! Read More

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  • Michael David Petite Sirah Lodi Earthquake 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by nikilily

  • Stonehedge Petite Sirah Mendocino Reserve 2005


    serviceable. may age well. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Huntington Wine Petite Syrah 2005


    Strong heat (alcohol) on the nose, also grape and a little spice. The acidity for me was on point, but to some I'm sure would be a little much. The first phase comes in a bit much with a bitter tart like taste on the palette and the heat isn't overwhelming, but definitely makes its presence felt in more ways than one. Overall, this wine should b... Read More

    Wine review by DamionB

  • Well we've moved on past Grenache to the unique and fickle Petty Sarah.We warmed up last friday with a bottle of 2005 Parducci True Grit in all it's inky glory and I must say it delivered alot of burly dark berry fruited Petite deliciousness! give me a great big rare burger with... Read More

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