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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  • Handcraft Petite Sirah 2012

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    Wine review by tpcello7


  • I'll be in Germany next week, and once I arrive I plan to drag my ... ... Tannat, Sagrantino, Malbec, Petite Sirah etc. But I'd also never pass up a perfected Bordeaux or Rhone blend.For those who have been to some of the best wine regions in Europe, where would you go back if you wanted to make the most of exactly one day? I plan to bring a c... Read More

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  • Andis Wines Petite Sirah Sierra Foothills 2010

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  • Andis Wines Petite Sirah Sierra Foothills 2010

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  • Clayhouse Old Vines Petite Sirah Red Cedar Vineyard 2009

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    Very smooth, good flavor but not too big. Read More

    Wine review by jtfluitt


  • Wolff Vineyards Petite Sirah Edna Valley 2012

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    VERY DARK purple in the glass. Dusty nose. On the tongue some berry fruitstrawberry, blueberry, maybecontrasted with stone fruitplum. Very moderate tannin and acid. Not a particularly sophisticated or complex wine, but darned easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sitting at the kitchen table after a long day of travel and sorting through my ... my ... another blend of Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Sangio and Tempranillo. We purchased the Consilience Cuvee Mambo which consists of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache. Again, lots of really nice wines here but nothing that rocked our world.  We checked on Tercero... Read More

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  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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  • MJet I'm friends with the grower, Chuck Giovanetti, yet amazingly have ... ... ... of: 83.4% Zin, 6.4% Petite Sirah, 2.9% Sangiovese 2.5%, Alicante 1.7%, Carignane 1.4%, Mourvèdre (aka, Mataro), 0.6% Trousseau noir 0.4% Petit Bousch Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Cy. We hope you continue to join us here, and we ... ... Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel--and I'd be very surprised if it is easy for you to find in NYC. Heck, it's nontrivial for me to find Enkidu in Los Angeles--I buy directly from the winery.  I have no idea why this winery doe... Read More

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