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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Petite Sirah on Snooth

  • We did a field blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Alicante Bouschet and Granache. Actually did well as it was tart and red fruited. Had a Sauv Blanc last night. Read More

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  •   Not pictured because my phone died:2010 Ridge Lytton Springs2001 ... ... Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah Dessert Wine2011 Robert Mondavi To Kalon "I Block" Sauvignon Blanc2009 Robert Mondavi To Kalon "I Block" Sauvignon Blanc2012 Carlisle "The Derivative"2012 Carlisle Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel2013 Bedrock Gamble Vyd "Oakville Farmhouse" H... Read More

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  • Lone Madrone Enigma 2008

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    An excellent red blend of syrah and petit sirah from Paso. Lots of nice dark berries/cherries, prune, decent acidity and a nice long finish. Big, bold fruit but not overly jammy, just nicely balanced for a fairly big red. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Petite Sirah Napa Valley 2010

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Chariot Gypsy Red 2012

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    An excellent table wine, Gypsy is fruity but not too sweet. It has a beautiful garnet color, and notes of cherry and licorice. Read More

    Wine review by Bigfatwino


  • Many of us think of Chianti as an expensive, everyday wine but of course the ... nose, coming off as a bit petite sirah style. Inky and pencil lead on entry lead to a soft, big, not very interesting mouthfeel. While this is packed with lots of fruit, a bit dark with notes of boysenberry,  and shows some good mineral tones in the mouth, though ... Read More

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  • Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010

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    Deep slightly inky and ashy on the nose, coming off as a bit petite sirah style. Inky and pencil lead on entry lead to a soft, big, not very interesting mouthfeel. While this is packed with lots of fruit, a bit dark with notes of boysenberry, and shows some good mineral tones in the mouth, though this lacks a bit of liveliness on the palate. Se... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cupcake Vineyards Petite Sirah Central Coast 2010

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  • TASTING DIRTY AND ROWDY WITH HARDY WALLACE - Puchdown Cellars - Santa Rosa ... an error where a barrel of Petite Sirah mistakenly was mixed in during racking. I'll refer to this as the Oops wine.91.7% Mourvèdre, 8.3% Petite Sirah.Even with just the small amount of PS in this wine the blend is evident first in the color which is dark almost blac... Read More

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