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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  • Parducci Petite Sirah 2006


    A nice note of cured meats with a strong tea note then some spicy wood tones and plenty of white pepper tinged black plum and crystallized black berry fruits and even an edge of dried rose. Inky on the palate with an extracted feel up front. Nicely tannic with good supporting acids and a definite milk chocolate and toast top note to the black fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Field Stone "Staten Family Reserve Pitite Sirah" 2006


    Full-bodied wine with a sweet taste. Smells of a wet forest and earth. Read More

    Wine review by DPollaci

  • Anaba Red Rhone Blend Sonoma Valley Coriol 2006


    Good food wine, could stand up to a lot of flavors, even Asian. Read More

    Wine review by msweaazey

  • Victor Hugo Petite Sirah Paso Robles 2004


    Great Paso winery. Try also the Zin. Read More

    Wine review by thewineattic

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  • Chameleon Petite Sirah Napa Valley 2003


    Not usually a fan of Petit Syrah, but this one was lighter than most. Easy to drink...of course would be perfect with some red meat on the side. Read More

    Wine review by genevievegrant

  • D'Arenberg-footbolt-shiraz Australia Shiraz Petite Sirah and Syrah 2005


    Good value Shiraz - plum & cherry, opens up. Read More

    Wine review by jternes

  • Quixote Petite Sirah Panza 2003


    As someone who does not know any Petite Syrah's I was pleasantly surprised. On the nose lots of dark fruit with a strange underlying floral scent only to discover once tasted, at the finish, anise for sure. It is well balanced with just the right amount of earth and smoke. Very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by eclipse

  • Chameleon Petite Sirah Napa Valley 2003


    Really delicious. A dead ringer for porterhouse doused in butter on the nose. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Not as inky and thick as PS can be. The bottle disappeared quite quickly. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin

  •  Say Wha? You say? No it's true, well as true as something like this can be.Petite Sirah, aka Duriff, has toiled in anonymity for years. It's a solid blending grape and has added punch and color to some of the greatest bottles of jug wine ever to come out of California. It survived prohibition being a thick skinned solution to shipping woes.  Wh... Read More

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