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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  • 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

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

    Snoothrank:

    This one lands very comfortably on the tongue before detecting flavors of red raspberry and stone fruit mid-palate. Surprisingly light on tannin. (?) However, strong acid tartness is detected in the rear palate. I have a few more bottles of this and look forward to see how it changes. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • In 2012 it looked like this:1. Chardonnay (93,153 acres)2. Cabernet Sauvignon ... Rubired (10,903 acres)11. Petite Sirah (7,957 acres)12. Barbera (6,286 acres)13. Chenin Blanc (5,936 acres)14. Grenache (5,846 acres)15. Ruby Cabernet (5,801)16. Carignan (2,547 acres)Rubired is used to make juice and powdered tannins. It's one reason wines like ... Read More

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  • I'm told something like 93% of acreage is planted to those 7 grapes + petite sirah.  Read More

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  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... Pinot ... Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Petite Sirah to name just a few,” says Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, President and CEO of Wine Institute, who points out that one of the best places to find out which wineries are producing these varietals is on Wine Institute’s web site at http://w... Read More

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  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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