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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  • Zinfandel and Petite Sirah are Rhone varieties? Paradise Ridge rewrites history. Read More

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  • So Friday at last! OT I hope you are well on your way to feeling better!With ... of Zinfandel, Carignan, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouchet. Seems like anytime Petite Sirah gets in the mix there's lots of ripe, jammy dark fruit. I'm not complaining just making a statement. And yes OT/Emark, this wine could use some more time on its side but it ... Read More

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  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to ... ... Vineyard, Napa Valley, Petite SirahThere’s a good reason that, until the 1960s, Petite sirah was the most widely planted grape variety in Napa Valley. As is shown by the few remaining examples, grown in the right places it does very well there, making lovely... Read More

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  • MJET, just have to give you a little ration for chiding RBA about infanticide ... also enjoyed that Rockpile Petite Sirah and some cab.  About this time last year we very much enjoyed a lunch in the Rockpile Vineyard with Clay Mauritson, great guy and great wine.Tonight we grilled some wild caught salmon and romaine lettuce. The obvious pairin... Read More

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  • OK, guys.  Getta loada this.  Even OT has said that the expectation for aging Petite Sirah should be measured in decades.  For reasons that I do not have to disclose, I am opening one, tonight, that is only a half-decade old.  Yes, for my calculation I am subtracting harvest year from current year. Friend Foxall, of course, turned me on to this ... Read More

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  • Rockpile Winery Petite Sirah Madrone Spring Vineyard 2011


    Dark plum color. Very rich nose. Rich black raspberry and chocolate on the tip of the tongue. Very pleasant stone fruitplumon the rear palate. Understandably, still some very noticeable tannins. Although, I think this youngster is really quite elegant. On the other hand, I think that this one can lay on its side and improve for many years. Read More

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  • D - it's the VV. I haven't had either for years. Just from memory, they were pretty much monolithic. In my head I have a category for those kinds of wines, which I sometimes find with Petit Sirah or Dolcetto or more recently a Mondeuse. Other grapes and blends can be one note wonders but when I find something dense and tannic, with a single domi... Read More

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  • I find my 1995 Madiran a bit dry/tart for my taste and am considering blending the remaining four bottles with a Cabernet.  Any objections?  Suggestions?  March 25, 2016  Read More

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