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 Dalton Winery is set in the beautiful green, mountainous country of the Upper Galilee, five k...

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Petite Sirah on Snooth

  • Girard Uncorked California 2009


    66% Zinfandel, 16% Carignane, 16% Syrah, 2% Petite Sirah Sweet caramel and cola on the nose over jammy raspberry fruit. Theres a lot of tobacco and tea here as well, which adds complexity but this comes off as sweet on the nose. Soft and fairly dry on entry with nice density of dry extract in the mouth. the flavors here are well grounded with j... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Deadbolt Red Winemaker's Blend 2011


    An unspecified blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and SyrahSweet blackberry fruit and boysenberry aromas greet the nose along with some rather sweet cedary spice and cracked black pepper top notes. Sweet on entry but not terribly so and with less weight and a smidge more acid than many of these wines. this is actually f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Red blends. We know what that means, right? It’s a code word for sweet ... which were based on Zin and Petite Sirah, and probably rarely were dry. I get these wines, and I like them. Heck i’m recommending them now, but the slew of upstarts. Well many have me scratching my heads.  it’s not actually the wines that have me wondering, it’s their p... Read More

    From the article California's Red Blends

  • Espinoza - SW of Escondido - Cab, Mourv, Syrah, GrencheAbove Malibu is the ... ... ... Port, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Petite SirahRosenthal Estate - Cab and Cha Read More

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  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to create a winery in Los Angeles, on the banks of the Los Angeles river, on the edge of what was once the greatest grape growing region in the whole country. I aim to have this winery up and running by harvest 2015. I have made great progress already and will devote much ... Read More

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  • Fetzer Red Crimson 2010


    A very interesting blend. Smooth, nice intensity, jammy fruit. Not very exiciting however. Good the full review at: Read More

    Wine review by piecesdevin

  • You can tell I'm not very busy, today.  I'm responding within ... ... ... I haven't seen their Petite Sirah on any store shelf.  If somebody here reports that this is a wine that needs my attention, maybe I will order a few bottles on-line from them.Funny thing, I was using Wine Searcher.  I checked again for that Chappellet Cervantes.  Again,... Read More

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  • I enjoyed a few glasses of this 2010 Paradise Ridge Red Blend 'The ... ... Syrah blend (35% Syrah, 31% Petite Sirah, 29% Zinfandel, and 5% Merlot) was quite tasty.&nbs Read More

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  • After graduating from medical school and before beginning indentured service as ... up a bottle of the Rose and Petite Sirah (Overall I found the Petite Sirahs from Dry Creek Valley to be outstanding).Ferrari-CaranoBeautiful gardens and excellent wines. Atmosphere is kind of Vegas-esque with lots of marble and opulence (evidently the owner is a... Read More

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  • I toured Whitton Ranch, where the Geyserville fruit comes from, last year with ... of Zin, Carignane, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Mataro, Alicante Bouschet and others.  Quite a historic spot for sure. Pics are on my dead iPad but I might be able to fish a couple off my phone. Nope , I had to substitute this shot of David with 100 year old Carignane a... Read More

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