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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  • 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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  • David Bruce Petite Sirah Santa Cruz Mountains 2005


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    Wine review by GRL

  • Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah Clarksburg Port 2007


    Mild and flavorful but with only a small amount of tannin. Really enjoyable wine. i give this to non-red wine folks to convert them! Read More

    Wine review by HR Lady

  • Parducci Petite Sirah 2005


    Man give me a great big rare burger with a thick slice or bermuda onion on it and this will sing!. Lots of plum, sugared raspberry, muddy earth, wood spice, and india ink on the nose with a full, polished feel. Really well integrated structural elements support rich, dark yet fresh fruit in the mouth with a bit of grabbing tannin popping on the... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Parducci Petite Sirah 2005


    Spicy, hot and bold nose with raisin and blackberry aromas. Palate is dry, quite hot with smooth melty fruit and a warming finish. Well balanced tannins and a hint of medicine make this a pretty tasty wine. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Parducci Petite Sirah 2005


    Meaty, peppery nose. Hot, rich and packed with thick stewed fruits - plums, figs and other black bramble fruits. Spicy, licorice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah Clarksburg Port 2006


    Big jammy, some plum up front. Agree with above a little light in mid-body. Tough to go wrong at 10 bones. I may get a case. Read More

    Wine review by tholson

  • Rocca Family Vineyards Syrah Yountville 2004


    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Diamond Series selection.94 Points, Wine ... ... Made with 95% Syrah and 5% Petite Sirah, this is a powerful beauty and their darkest-colored and ripest Syrah to date. The aromatic nose conjures up cherries and plums with a hint of spice and black pepper, which follows through on the palate, and has a deliciously... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • Seghesio Family Vineyards Petite Sirah Alexander Valley Home Ranch 2005


    Deep, rich color and very tasty. Haunting flavors. Again Seghesio will never disappoint Read More

    Wine review by volsconti

  • Tobin James Petite Sirah Paso Robles Black Magic 2006


    Powerful Ripe Black Fruit, Inky, Lavender, lilacs, Vanilla and Pepper on the Finish. Read More

    Wine review by Leanne Elizabeth

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