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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  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011


    Add this bold favorite to your list this season. Bold, jammy and full of spice makes this a great match for your ham or beef choices this season. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • One of the first PS I had was McManis I believe. It was a great, low dollar intro to the grape. Nothing Petite about it! Read More

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  • Thanks for this. I will try some of these! Read More

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  • BLM - I love petite syrah - Jaffurs, Ridge, Robert Baile, Stag's Leap on the the high end Spellbound, Pedroncelli on the low end.  All are different with Ridge being the softer more (please excuse the word) female expression of the grape.I've had the Parallel 39 and agree with your notes - that's why it's not on list. Read More

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  • And the wine was not interesting when the food was gone. Corked it up. Rare for me. Have at it again tomorrow with more venison. Read More

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  • I bought the Parallel 39 for about $15. Here are my notes: very, very berry on the nose, blackberry like and smell memories of a Beaujolais got me worried what was to come next but it was a mini-explosion of flavor-- almost Bordeaux like--  and then back to the cheap berry taste.  WTF? Overall very pleasant , but totally unexpected. Drunk with v... Read More

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  • This is not your first Thanksgiving rodeo. It's not ours, either. We've ... of two wines, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, both outstanding. Each vintage these wines (which were always delicious) have been getting better and better, the 2013 offerings continues that upward trend. Ripe black cherry and an abundance of spices dot the welcoming nose. T... Read More

    From the article The Ultimate Thanksgiving Wine List

  • Hey RBA, go to, download their order form and order some of ... wine.  I also have some Petite Sirah, but it will be a while, yet, before I get to that on Read More

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  • Concannon Vineyard Red Blend Livermore Valley Conservancy Crimson & Clover 2010


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    Wine review by mxpx5678

  • Spellbound Petite Sirah California 2012


    This to is an inexpensive @$10 and it very, very good. Rich fruit, blackberry, blueberry, the smell of wet blacktop after a rain on a hot day, lanolin and a touch of oak. Smoothed out tannins and good acidity lead to great aftertaste. Burgers, steaks, pizza, chocolatey deserts. Well done - drink now - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

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