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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  • Micheal David "Earthquake" Petite Sirah 2013

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an event filled with terrific wine and food from ... Dolcetto, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, and more. Taken as a piece the ACORN wines are remarkably balanced, acid rich, food friendly offerings that age well. This vintage of Medley fits that bill to a tee. The nose resembles nothing more than a big bowl of fr... Read More

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  • Edmeades Petite Sirah Mendocino County 2013

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  • Edmeades Petite Sirah Mendocino County 2013

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    Blackberry and black currant with jammy character and floral notes on the nose, a bit of black pepper and some licorice. Full bodied and smoky, this brings more black fruit notes of blackberry, black currant and black olive on the palate with enveloping, sharp tannins and a chewy, chocolate finish. Read More

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  • Bogle Petite Sirah 2013

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    Soft and balanced is all I can say. This wine will age too! Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • A Tavola Petite Sirah 2014

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  • Michael David Petite Petit 2013

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  • Michael David Petite Petit 2013

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  • Michael David Petite Petit 2013

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    Large blackberry, blueberry, sandlewood, spice, violets with puckering tannins and juicy acidity. The aftertaste is lengthy and will with stand another 2-3 years of cellaring. Decant for now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • MJ - I would very much like to try that Petite Sirah.  I am on a financial leash for a bit though, so we'll see how things adjust with a few car payments in our history.  Just in the off chance I get permission to order a few bottles though, can you provide me a link to where you purchased the wine?Regarding the car, let me itemize a few improve... Read More

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