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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  • Spellbound Petite Sirah California 2012

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    Wine review by mgproducts


  • Save Me. San Francisco Wine Co. Drops of Jupiter Red Blend California 2013

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    A little less at this stage than Heavyweight, but representable of the grape. A little less fruit than expected so the tannins and acidity are bolder. Not my cup of PS. Paul 83 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Heavyweight Petite Sirah California 2012

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    Not bad for $10 bottle of PS. Plenty of fruit, filling but not intense, oak, medium tannins and good acidity with a slightly sweet flowing finish.This would be good at the grill or with pizza. Drink now. Paul 67 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • JD:  We'll all be eating squirrel, deer, and whatever we can get our ... ... gamey and fatty gets Petite Sirah for its natural tannin.  (Lamb, for one.)  Also Barolo and Barbaresco.  It was certainly not the first time I had eaten venison. It's a lot of work to get venison, rabbit, and other good game if you don't hunt and live in an area whe... Read More

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  • This week was the opening of shotgun in MA and had a grueling time hauling out ... oil and pair with an untried Petite Sirah.&nbs Read More

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  • Bogle Petite Sirah 2013

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    Smooth and full of sweet fruit. A little spicy on the palette but not hot. Ham is a great pairing. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


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  • Guenoc Petite Sirah California 2013

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    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Had some friends over and maybe got a little carried away but had a great time ... so I grabbed the Montelena Petite sirah to celebrate and decided to end the evening on a nice Napa cab franc, because we could.The Sancerre was a good bit better than the Miraflor but both were excellent. Dumol was a big Russian River chard with a good bit of oa... Read More

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