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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  • Mcmanis Family Vineyards Petite Sirah California 2007


    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this...dark, relatively thick and bold. I will buy this again. Read More

    Wine review by brad8983

  • Silkwood Petite Sirah 2007


    Interesting medicated rotting fruit flavor, bananas, cotton candy on the nose, eucalyptus, fruity. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Silkwood Petite Sirah 2007


    Oak and dark berry nose. Pleasant flavor with a touch of spice. Read More

    Wine review by troyconquer

  • Silkwood Petite Sirah 2007


    Baked brown sugar on the nose. Big and sweet with lots of Christmas spice. Slightly too acidic. Love the nose, that's about it. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Marietta Cellars Petite Sirah California 2002


    This is what I thought wine would taste like as a kid. Lush, cartoonishly-fruity, with a dark punchy sweetness that still can't hide the wallop of alcohol. I'm not sure if it's the 16 year old zima drinker inside me, but I really love this wine. Read More

    Wine review by candycigs23

  • Costa Azul Grenache 2006


    I really enjoy Costa Azul wines. The Grenache really brings out the peppery ... region. I didn't find the Petite Sirah here, but also a really good wine from Costa Azu Read More

    Wine review by DSkeith

  • Red Truck Winery Petite Sirah 2005


    A decent red blend for the price. Read More

    Wine review by audoug22

  • Three Clicks Petite Sirah 2006


    Dark purple, almost black in color. Aroma of mixed berries along with a bit of ... ... fruit dessert. A filling Petite Sirah, that did not tire my palate for onc Read More

    Wine review by michael5

  • Crane Lake Petite Sirah California 2005


    beautiful, pleasant refreshing taste, drank some on a hot day and had to stop myself from finishing the whole bottle, smooth and good Read More

    Wine review by tedds

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