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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  • 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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  • VV - I agree with you - I do like there Phantom and at times their Zin and Petite Sirah. Read More

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  • Brecon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Petite Sirah Central Coast 2014

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    Sweet fruit and savory spice on the nose with an herbed bouillon quality and crushed violets, dark blackberry preserves and black cherry. Spicy and rich on the palate with more dark black currant and blackberry fruit, dry tannins imparting a dark chocolate note and a finish of zesty black pepper, heat and earth. Read More

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  • Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah California 2009

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    Smooth and full sweet fruit. A wonderful cocktail wine. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Dry Creek Wineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014

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    No written review

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  • Dry Creek Wineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014

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    No written review

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  • Dry Creek Wineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014

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  • Mark West Pinot Noir Carneros 2013

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    Haven't tried this several years, but it is always good to try again, especially one that is as popular as this is. At the time I remember thinking it was to smokey...still do. Decent fruit and body. 86 points - drink now - Paul Read More

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  • yes, D, you may have a good point there.  My niece used to work for the ... the ... a cab franc, and 3 petite sirah; my partner will take half the zins and one of the petite sirah.  That worked out nicely, and then we picked up 8 of the Independence port-style wine, half of which goes to my friends who have been begging me for some.  They wer... Read More

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