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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  • Dry Creek Wineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Mark West Pinot Noir Carneros 2013

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    Haven't tried this several years, but it is always good to try again, especially one that is as popular as this is. At the time I remember thinking it was to smokey...still do. Decent fruit and body. 86 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • yes, D, you may have a good point there.  My niece used to work for the ... the ... a cab franc, and 3 petite sirah; my partner will take half the zins and one of the petite sirah.  That worked out nicely, and then we picked up 8 of the Independence port-style wine, half of which goes to my friends who have been begging me for some.  They wer... Read More

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  • Drinking an 09 Petite Sirah from one of my favorite Seattle Urban Wineries and Horse Heaven Hills, one of my favorite Washington AVAs.  Dark currant, plums, cedar baking spices with an excellent tannin fueled backbone. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ridge Geyserville 2007

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    Somewhat of a sour nose. Quite light hit of berry fruit on the tip of the tongue. Tannins are diminished to a chalky sensation. Very delightful on the rear palate. It seems like an integrated, mature wine experience in that areavery smooth. Sourness detected on the nose seems to have dissipated with just a few minutes of air. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sea Pines Vineyard Old Vine Petite Sirah 2014

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    A bit too dry. Uncharacteristic dryness of a petite sirah. Good balance on tannins. Fruit forward. Mostly red fruit flavors like red raspberry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Pruett Taylor's Reserve Estate Syrah 2012

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    Very dark in the glassnot quite Petite Sirah dark, but still. It even has a dark nosedark fruits, prunes, some mustiness. On the tongue Im getting some blackberry, but its not really much of a hit. There is more earthiness or dustiness than fruit. However, this wine is a mouthful. Very full bodied. I like it, but it loses points because of... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • BLM - Been dealing with freezing rain, snow and gale force winds here.  Bring back any memories? Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2014

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    Dark purplemore blue than redin the glass. Maybe I have blue on my mind, but Im getting blueberry on introduction. As the wine passes back there the fruit seems to be cloudedmay be the drying effect of tannin. Speaking of which sneaks up on me as the wine hits the rear palate. Not the biggest zin Ive ever had, and, I have to say, not nearly ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011

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    Add this bold favorite to your list this season. Bold, jammy and full of spice makes this a great match for your ham or beef choices this season. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


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