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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  • Bordeaux Blends that come from major Napa Valley makers that immediately come ... varietal is Syrah.  Is Petite Sirah considered a Rhone grape. I guess those can be found.  I have one California Grenache in my inventory.  Rhone blends, however, seem to abound.&nbs Read More

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  • Randy is on the money. The whole line-up of wines from those folks. And Four ... bit pricier, Turley Zins and Petite Sirah.Lots of jammy juicy ones from Australia and Spain. The Clio was mentioned, and I guess the sibling El Nido would be one, but those wines are made by an Australian winemaker working in Spain. The grapes from south Spain len... Read More

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  • So OT, does the room feel darker now? All the projects like yours I've been ... your front door?Nice looking petite sirah. PS (and some mint juleps and craft IPA and sipping whiskey) is what I went with this Thanksgiving since we were doing a BBQ turkey with a much stronger flavor than usual. Side dish of pulled pork, too. Corn pudding, cranber... Read More

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  • This should probably be in the Home Project and Inkiest Wines threads but too ... ... 2009 Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah is blacker than night, quite viscous, tooth staining fruit packed and loaded with chalky tannins. One hell of a win Read More

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  • Welcome to Snooth Esol!  Have to agree that for big, tooth staining reds, petite sirah is also my go to wine. We used to be able to find a lot of big, jammy zins in the central coast region however, they seem to be making less of these and more Rhone style blends. Another option for big reds we've liked is Grenache based blends from Priorat, Spa... Read More

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  • HI everone. New to Snooth here, but would love some recommendations. Not so ... ... of this, I tend to favor Petite Sirah, but often find good examples of this in Malbec, Syrah, Cab Sauv, Mourvedre and Nero D'Avola. I just had my first Tannat and Sagrantino, which were both good but as noted the bitter tannins in the Sagrantino were a distract... Read More

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  • Barbera Cooper Ranch 2011

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  • Andis Wines Petite Sirah Sierra Foothills 2010

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  • Barbera Cooper Ranch 2011

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  • Painted Fields 2011

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