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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  • Quixote Petite Sirah Panza 2003


    As someone who does not know any Petite Syrah's I was pleasantly surprised. On the nose lots of dark fruit with a strange underlying floral scent only to discover once tasted, at the finish, anise for sure. It is well balanced with just the right amount of earth and smoke. Very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by eclipse

  • Chameleon Petite Sirah Napa Valley 2003


    Really delicious. A dead ringer for porterhouse doused in butter on the nose. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Not as inky and thick as PS can be. The bottle disappeared quite quickly. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin

  •  Say Wha? You say? No it's true, well as true as something like this can be.Petite Sirah, aka Duriff, has toiled in anonymity for years. It's a solid blending grape and has added punch and color to some of the greatest bottles of jug wine ever to come out of California. It survived prohibition being a thick skinned solution to shipping woes.  Wh... Read More

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  • Stag S Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2005


    A decent Napa Syrah. Obviously a bit more fruit up front, less pepper. It needs a while to open up - probably an hour for a buttery/oaky finish. A good bottle, but not exactly worth it's pricetag. Read More

    Wine review by PennyWizz

  • Michael David Petite Sirah Lodi Earthquake 2006


    Totally fabulous, especially at this price. Read More

    Wine review by lingprof

  • Vincent Arroyo Petite Sirah Napa Valley Rattlesnake Acres 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by rolande23

  • 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

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