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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  • RBA, noticed that this one's been sitting here a while so I'll just ... ... wines?Opened this RRV Petite Sirah - big, chewy, loads of ripe, dark tooth staining fruit and a bit of grainy tannins. Overall, fairly enjoyable for what it was.&nbs Read More

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  • Foppiano Vineyards Petite Sirah 2010


    Big beefy, chewy RRV Petite Sirah. Loads of dark ripe blackberries, plums, dried fig, a touch of anise and black pepper. Dark and inky in the glass, the tannins are a bit grainy but not overly so. Light to medium acidity and a medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • There’s nothing more comforting and warming on a cold winter evening than ... are Petit Verdot, Tannat, Petite Sirah, and Sagrantino. These four red wine grapes typically produce deeply colored wines that express masculinity and power. And even though they make excellent wintertime wines, they’re also popular partners for the summertime grill. ... Read More

    From the article Robust Red Wines to Enjoy This Winter

  • Chariot Gypsy Red NV


    Tried this evening with an herb pizza very good especially for~5/bottle at TJ's Read More

    Wine review by hs6164

  • Jc Van Staden Petite Sirah 2013


    Naked Wines selection; Dark opaque purple in the glass, violets, lavender, black pepper, and oak on the nose. Down the hatch with more of the same with bits of cranberry and blueberry jam/preserves. Big round mouthful, full bodied and soft with long finish of spice, oak, black pepper, and red chile. Very easy drinking and more than a bargain at ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • I once spent 48 hours making a sauce from scratch. It was a classic Sauce ... Crane Lake Petite SirahCaliforniaPetite Sirah12.5% abv. The Bronco Wine Company's Crane Lake lineup provides a surprising quality-price ratio. None of it is ageworthy, none of it will astound you, but there's really nothing better at the under $5 price level. I was pa... Read More

    From the article TV Dinner and Wine Pairing Guide

  • 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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