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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  • 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

  • Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah Clarksburg Port 2006


    Pretty much agree with most favorable reviews. This was the "cheapest" by glass wine at a favorite restaurant. I was shocked to be able to get it for $11. Just a bit of oak too I think, supple but zingy. Great bargain. Read More

    Wine review by CalKid

  • Concannon Vineyard Petite Sirah Livermore Valley 2005


    served with friends over, we all really like this. Nice long finish, berry flavors, soft tannins, a bit of spice Read More

    Wine review by CalKid

  • Victor Hugo is a shy guy. Very humble. Love his wines. Typical Paso Robles wines with a full-body and high alcohol. Victor Hugo wines are very well priced. You get a big bang for the buck. You will enjoy all the wines offered.Jan ManniCS, Court of the Master Sommeliers Read More

    Forum post in the topic Victor Hugo Petite Sirah 2004

  • Parducci Petite Sirah 2005


    Very bold wine. Too acidic for my taste. Read More

    Wine review by amg

  • Guenoc Petite Syrah 2005


    A group of friends and I recently enjoyed a couple of bottles of the Guenoc Petite Sirah with Indian food. Before the food was served, I found the taste to be very pleasant, but really nothing more. Once I started eating however (Rogan Josh - lamb in a moderately spicy tomato based sauce), the wine completely came alive. It was a great match f... Read More

    Wine review by cwelsh

  • Huntington Wine Petite Syrah 2005


    Love this. Very open the bottle and enjoy with cheese and crackers. Had it for thanksgiving dinner Read More

    Wine review by christahu

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