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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  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2008

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    Wine review by dlpugh


  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2008

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    Wine review by dlpugh


  • Orin Swift Abstract California 2013

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    Wine review by Odysseyon


  • Orin Swift Abstract California 2013

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    Wine review by Odysseyon


  • Markham Merlot Napa Valley 2010

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    I stored this bottle just to see how it would hang. Nothing special, it's just that I like Markham and this bottling received less positive hype than most. A brooding dark juice with excellent viscosity, blackberry and dark cherry, chocolate and spice. Married completely now this finishes balanced and seamless. Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Markham Merlot Napa Valley 2010

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • David Akiyoshi 2014

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    A recent Naked Wines selection and a pretty good everyday drinker at the Angel Price of $10.99. Dark opaque Red Purple in the Glass. Opens with Cherry, Plum, and Earth/Musk and a bit of Alcohol; then a bit of Basil/Thyme and Mineral; then Baseball glove Leather, Sourdough, and Oak; Nice rounded mouthful, medium Tannins and bright Acidity. Young,... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Din't give it anotger thought RCKR, I had a brain fart.Back on topic, MJET ... the Rutherford (GIII). The Petite Sirah was nice as wel Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines at release and down the... by 324443outthere 324443 outthere


  • Trentadue Winery la Storia Petite Sirah 2011

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    The wine of the night on round the world tour for some new people to the PFWC wine cellar. This actually could have sat for another yr or two, but it is big and bold right now and drinking well. Blackberries, dirt and pepper with large tannins and properly scaled acidity makes the mouth go POP! The aftertaste is large and extended. This is why I... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" 2007

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    This is what they said "92 points and one the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono and Grenache. Drink now through 2014." Well....we drank it last Saturday and it is a big, ballsy zin. Large dark berry fruit, pepper, big tannins and acidity with touches of chocolate and briary notes. Stunning f... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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