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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  • Bodegas Barco de Piedra Tempranillo 2012


    Part of the tasting along with the Denier-Handal and the Marietta Cellars Petite Sirah..Liked this but preferred the Marietta Cellars. A great robust and to me everything a Tempranillo is. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Marietta Cellars Petite Sirah 2012


    Sorry, this is the 2010... Read More

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  • Girard Petite Sirah Napa Valley 2011


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    Wine review by puhnner

  • Diego, we have also been enjoying Rose this summer, more so than usual thanks ... this with a Treasure Hunter Petite Sirah. After an additional 2 years of aging since the first bottle we tried, this inky, tooth staining petite sirah has rounded out with dried plum, ripe blackberry and blueberry compote but still retaining the fine grain tannin... Read More

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  • Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Estate 1991


    Somewhat murky oxblood color. Smoky dusty nose. Initial taste is quite subdued. Then there is a combination of blackberry and lemon (?) flavor. Tannins are, pretty much, done for making this an easy drinker. The one minus I would have for this wine is that, while I do not detect heat, I can definitely taste alcohol way in the back of the pal... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Well, Jon and Darren have inspired me to go into the cellar and pull one with ... a blend of 86% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah and 7% Grenache.  So, while it is a blend, the Zinfandel content exceeds the 75% bar that U.S. law requires for a wine to have varietal labeling.  In the last year, or so, I have had two different Ridge Lytton Estate Peti... Read More

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  • I consider aerators quirky toys that newbies use when they think their $12 Cab ... Cabs or stubborn wines like Petite Sirah I will often decant hours early or double decant (pour to decanter and back to the bottle) and let it sit for a day with the cork out at cellar temp. Following a wine from PNP is fun but if I am pouring wine for more than... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thoughts about wine aerators?... by 324443outthere 324443 outthere

  • So I just started a wine tasting class a couple of weeks ago in college as an elective course. I am learning a lot about wine, and recently aeration, so we have been using decanters to let Cabernet Sauvignon breathe, which does get better after some minutes in the decanter. I felt like it also improved a lot an Argentine Malbec young wine.But ea... Read More

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  • Thanks to the generosity of JD we enjoyed this over the course of the past two ... Zinfandel, tossed in some Petite Sirah and threw in a couple barrels of Cab Sauv for good measure. Big ripe delicious fruit, with great spice and structure. Very easy drinking but showing complexity for such a rich wine. Thanks Pa Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 324443outthere 324443 outthere

  • Czarina -- I like all the Seghesios because they taste like wine--not something ... a few other grapes such as Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Alicante Bouschet.  I refained from mentioning this one to Czarina, because I wasn't sure it would fit her "fruit forward" request, and it would certainly not fit her budget.  This wine would probably cost ... Read More

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