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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  • Blackstone Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007


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    Wine review by dextr

  • Oakstone Winery Petite Sirah 2002


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    Wine review by Sookie

  • Lambert Bridge Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2002


    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club selection. Created to be a casual and versatile ... 89% Zinfandel, 5% Syrah, 4% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignan Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • Jonathan Edwards Petite Sirah 19b 5 2006


    I tried the new petite syrah coming out soon and it was just the right mix of sweetness and taste. Read More

    Wine review by BobbyC10

  • And to cap off the week we got a sneak peak at a new value brand called ... ... released this month with a Petite Sirah and Washington State Riesling soon to follow. These are a super set of wines, much leaner and more focused than one generally gets at this price point and all of them had very expressive yet fresh flavors and fabulous balanc... Read More

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  • Spellbound Petite Sirah California 2004


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    Wine review by sara223

  • B Cellars Red Blend Napa Valley Blend 24 2006


    A fantastic wine - starting out with chocolate and spice and cherry on the nose. Leads to rich plummy notes and a really nice undercurrent of minerality throughout. More mineral on the finish, a really nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • When the guys at Snooth recently introduced the concept of page ownership on ... ... Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Silvaner, Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier, Zinfandel.This shows is a wide diversity in climates and soils that permit so many different grape varieties to be grown... Read More

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  • Ridge "Geyserville" Sonoma 2003


    Served in a vertical tasting with 2004 York Creek and 2005 Geyserville. Clearly the most complex wine of the three, loved the varietal blend. Rich fruit, beautiful garnet color, slight pepper, nice blends of spices. A perfect choice with Braised Short Ribs w/ roasted Root Vegetables served over horseradish mashed potatoes. Read More

    Wine review by ruymann

  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2006


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    Wine review by lkg11

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