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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  • Sequoia Grove Petite Sirah 2011


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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Ives, the Cline/Chili party sounds pretty good to me.  Have fun.OT, ... ... have seen/tried Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignan.  Again, though, I suspect that it would be hard to find different varietal bottlings by Lytton Estate from the same vintage year.&nbs Read More

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  • I would never mix those 4 varieties into one tasting because they are such ... ... as Cab, Mourvedre, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel from Bedrock Vineyard but alas they don't make em that wa Read More

    Forum post in the topic Super Bowl, Super Wine by 324443outthere 324443 outthere

  • Super Bowl XLIX will be played on February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix ... Zinfandel, 9% Sangiovese, 2% Petite Sirah12.8% abv. Dominant aroma and flavor of strawberries, with a strong citrus element. Strawberry lemonade? That's close, and this is fairly strong for a dry rosé. It reminds me a lot of some of the stronger California pinks I'... Read More

    From the article How to Pair Wine with Super Bowl Foods

  • After much agony and discernment, I have chosen the official wine for my Super Bowl party this year. Over the 9 years I've hosted this event, it is probably the least exotic selection, not to mention least expensive.  Given the fact chili is the main dish (oh please, don't turn your nose. After all, we're American pigskin fans, not Bolsheviks), ... Read More

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  • Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah 2013


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    Wine review by Kolaweste

  • Carmen Petite Sirah Gran Reserva 2010


    Very good. Red peppers and cherry. Not as much spicy black pepper as I was expecting. Read More

    Wine review by rlb4227

  • RBA, noticed that this one's been sitting here a while so I'll just ... ... wines?Opened this RRV Petite Sirah - big, chewy, loads of ripe, dark tooth staining fruit and a bit of grainy tannins. Overall, fairly enjoyable for what it was.&nbs Read More

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  • Foppiano Vineyards Petite Sirah 2010


    Big beefy, chewy RRV Petite Sirah. Loads of dark ripe blackberries, plums, dried fig, a touch of anise and black pepper. Dark and inky in the glass, the tannins are a bit grainy but not overly so. Light to medium acidity and a medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • There’s nothing more comforting and warming on a cold winter evening than ... are Petit Verdot, Tannat, Petite Sirah, and Sagrantino. These four red wine grapes typically produce deeply colored wines that express masculinity and power. And even though they make excellent wintertime wines, they’re also popular partners for the summertime grill. ... Read More

    From the article Robust Red Wines to Enjoy This Winter

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