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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  • Robert Biale Petite Sirah St. Helena Old Crane Ranch 2002

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Just beginning a quiet night on the west coast and enjoying a glass of Petite Sirah.  The 2010 vintage gave me high hopes and I was not disappointed. As complex as a Raymond Chandler novel, this wine maintained a Grenache-like cinnamon subtlety on the palate with an extensive finish. Now if I can only fight off temptation and leave a little for ... Read More

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  • Bardessono Vineyards Petite Sirah Yountville NV

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    Wine review by jtfluitt


  • v v, this one may be more to your liking: A blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, ... ... Carignane, Syrah and Petite Sirah.  Tons of up-front red fruit makes you think "sweet."  However, I think some of that sweet sensation may come from alcohol.  Earthy and peppery towards the back of the palate, but, again, I'm wondering if that pepper is really a... Read More

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  • Relic Ritual Napa Valley 2009

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    Lots of up-front fruit in this oneRed Cherry, Red Plum, maybe, a touch of Raspberry. There is some sweetness and that might be due to fruit, but Im more inclined to think alcohol. A bit of earthiness, mid-palate. Noticeable pepper mid- to back-palate, but, again, that might be heat from alcohol. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Duncan, I remember your report on the Morroccan wine.  I remember ... ... ... L.A. Cetto last night--a Petite Sirah.  Drinkable but, otherwise forgetable.  It was made from fermented grapes but had no character or structure.Now I know I'm in an Ojai rut, but so be it.  I have to admit, though, that the Sangiovese I had the other night was less... Read More

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  • L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2012

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    Two or three times a year my brother-in-law stops off at the Valle de Guadalupe to pick up some B.C. wine on his return from fishing trips down around Santo Tomas. He gives me these wines and I enjoy tracking the progress of the wine industry, down there. This one seems like a step back from older vintages that I have had from this maker. Fir... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Everett Ridge Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley Estate 2007

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    Wine review by erickafilm


  • As we deck the halls, we should also remember to have wine on the brain while ... Petite Sirah 2011 Those looking for a more full-bodied red wine would be wise to consider this Petite Sirah from California. Dark fruit aromas and flavors are predominant while oak and other more savory notes balance the wine in the background. If lamb or other ri... Read More

    From the article Real Holiday Wine for $10 or Less


  • Rock Wall Petite Sirah Jack's 2011

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    Opened this '11 Rock Wall Petite Sirah three nights ago. Petite my arse, loads of dark fruit but also big gritty tannins, so I'm letting it sit in time out for a while in hopes of it starting to behave.Two days later this tooth stainer has calmed down a bit. Big structurally with mouth coating fresh black and dark red fruit but the tannins have ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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