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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  • Next week Trader Joe's will open a location just minutes from my home, I know they have all kinds of great specialty foods, and I've been told you can get some great inexpensive wine buys to stock up on. Any recommendations for their reds that are suitable for everyday enjoyment? I prefer Zins, Cabs and Pinot Noir. ~ thank you ~ Read More

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  • Pedroncelli Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 2005

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    Real funky, dirty barnyard nose. Sweet fruits (plums, cherry) evolve into a bitter, tannic finish. I found the wine to be a bit disjointed for my taste. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Four Vines Petite Syrah Paso Robles the Heretic 2006

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    White pepper nose. Acidic attack with notes of strawberry keep the start of the wine very light. The mid palate has more weight and it finishes on some solid tannins with a lot of pepper. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Parducci Petite Sirah 2006

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    Sweet bubblegum nose with blueberries and cream. Nice blend of bright ... the ... the first time I've had a Petite Sirah in a whil Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Parducci Petite Sirah 2006

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    aromas of lox, blackberries, bubble gum, cranberries on the mouth, fairly tannic, solid body. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Eos Estate Reserve Petite Sirah 2006

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    Lots of spicy dark fruit on the nose. Extremely well balanced with a spicy kick. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Alger Vineyards Petite Sirah El Dorado 2005

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    chalky, light texture, very smooth, raspberries on the tongue Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Alger Vineyards Petite Sirah El Dorado 2005

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    Deep black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors, good smooth mouthfeel, nice oak, perky tannins. A good wine. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Silkwood Petite Sirah 2007

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    Kinda crappy. But not terrrible.... ;) Read More

    Wine review by troyconquer


  • Silkwood Petite Sirah 2007

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    Quite heated nose overpowers the fruit. Light bodied, kind of washed out, powdered sugar and vegetal flavors, some good tannins but overall I'm not impressed. Read More

    Wine review by mark


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