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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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... I've never experienced a Petite Sirah with this kind of elegance before. This was a treat and my WOTN.1988 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-RôtieMy first choice in a Rhone was for a Cornas but they didn't have one with age that fit... Read More

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  • The Petite Sirah was bigger than most and more of the type I like and the Clos du Val was just flat out good, drinking well above it's price point. Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

    Snoothrank:

    PnPed. Musty nose. May blow off in a few minutes. Red fruit on entrysome raspberry, but, as much as anything, thing not very tart cranberry, if such a thing exists. Firm but not obtrusive tannin. I would give a similar description for acid. Far from the most full-bodied Zin. Sure enough. The mustiness on the nose on opening was probably... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... mean Zinfandel, followed by Petite Sirah. Not that there's nothing else grown, and in fact Syrah is one of the more interesting grapes right now because there are so many people trying their hands at it, but Zin and PS just aren't done anywhere else for all pract... Read More

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  • Despite my somewhat feeble attempts trying to find US wine in Australia is frustratingSo I think I would like to build a list of high Quality but not astronomic priced wines my American Snooth Colleagues would suggest I look out forBare in mind that if it is from a very small niche producer I would need to know how I can source it in AustraliaSo... Read More

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  • Ridge Geyserville 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Dark plum color. Very much an earthy nose. Light hit of candied fruit on entry. Then some sour hits. Then some bitterness. That makes for a very unusual experience. Surprising to me, but not altogether off-putting. Also interesting that this is, probably, the lightest bodied Ridge Ive ever had. A good wine, but far from my favorite from... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Back to Napa. Started today with a visit to Jean Edwards Cellars tasting ... ... Cuvee (new release)2013 Petite Sirah (Calistoga)2013 74-41 Cabernet Sauvignon2012 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon G3 (Georges iii vineyard - Beckstoffer) Steve was a great host and the wines were all very good, especially the G3 but we opted to purchase a bottle of... Read More

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  • Day 4, dry out day. So today was "supposed" to be a day to do ... the third was predominately petite sirah (Lorenzo's Heritage).  All were really, really good!   On to dinner. we stopped at the Whole Foods on the way home and picked up a couple of these.  Now you know who else on this Board is a big red meat lover, so naturally OT and his love... Read More

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  • Great 1st day.  Weather was off and on all day, showers, sun, hail, more ... raspberry. Three zins and a petite sirah were also thiefed out of barrels. Along with the barrel tastings they were also pouring the same wine out of bottle from the previous vintage. Very cool to be able to make the comparisons side by side. Naturally, for me the sta... Read More

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  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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