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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  • The reason I should never read labels before tasting a wine is because I become ... I see a blend of Carignan, Petite Sirah and some other stuff. My prejudice has already kicked in.  There is no reason to read more than Carignan and PS.  I want it.But when I read "Texas," all the positive vibe I had is just flushed away.Keep up the good work, A... Read More

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  • Avalon Blend California 2015

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    This was a wine looking for a body. The nose was pretty good with Damson plum, dark cherry, spice and modest tannins and balanced acidity. Short aftertaste drink now - 83 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Markham Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2014

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  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.This topic is all about value... Read More

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  • Wow, I haven't had a Stag's Leap Cab in awhile - like their Petite Sirah a lot.  Some to adjust my budget for. Glad you posted this. Read More

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  • Teldeschi Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 1999

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    I opened the bottle carefully (cork and age can be fickle friends) and then decanted it for about an hour. The wine is a rich, inky black at the center with bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, plum and kisch, that just reminds me of many of the wonderful local Italian places in New York. The wine is an explosi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • In 1991 the popularity of Zinfandel wasn’t a speck of what it is today. ... is only 67% Zinfandel with Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Mourvedre making up the balance. The bright nose is appealing with cracked black peppercorn, anise and black cherry aromas. The even keeled palate shows off a combination of black and red fruits intermingling. Dus... Read More

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  • Earthquake Petite Sirah Lodi 2013

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    Inky black in the glass. Blackberries, spice, oak lead the way and follow nicely to the palate. This is a mouthful and deservedly so. Firm tannins, full throttled fruit and balanced acidity drive a lengthy aftertaste. 91 points - Drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Earthquake Petite Sirah Lodi 2013

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  • Earthquake Petite Sirah Lodi 2013

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