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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  • We had a bit of rain, here, on Monday.  Yesterday was a gloriously clear ... seems almost as dark as a Petite Sirah--almost, not quite.  Very light taste of cassis on the tongue.  Then, some suggestion of unsweetened chocolate.  Some still serious tannin.  Interestingly enough, not the most full-bodied CS.  I might think this one is more an ol... Read More

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  • Gnarly Head Petite Syrah 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Roth Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2011

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    Nice smooth red. Read More

    Wine review by mpboillat


  • Outpost Petite Sirah Howell Mountain the Other 2013

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  • Bent Creek Wines Petite Sirah Port 2009

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2007

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    Very dark plum color. Maybe the darkest Zin (OK, Zin blend) Ive ever seen. Tart cherry nose, with some alcoholic zing. This one starts out winner winner on entry. Various berry flavorsa blend of red and blacksome dried plumprune without the sugar. Very settled tannins Good acid holds the fruitiness in check. In a note five years ago I sai... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • The Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Shirtail Ranches Lake County 2013

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    Another tasting at Lunch. Opens with cherry, raspberry, mint, and blackberry/plum. Rounded smooth Tannins and Acidity. Finishes long with oak, vanilla, and cedar plum. Great for everyday drinking and from what I see, is only available from the restaurant - especially for by the glass or bottle. Not terribly complex, just reliable for this style. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I assume you know, Al, that Stags' Leap Winery is not the same as ... ... signature product was its petite sirah,[2] at the time an undervalued grape used mostly for blending purposes. In 1988 Doumani hired winemaker Robert Brittan, who became president when the winery was sold to Beringer Wine Estates in 1997.The winery is now owned by Treasu... Read More

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  • Bogle - Petite Sirah, ZinfandelRavenswood - Zinfandel multiple selectionsMichael David - Petite PetitKlinker Brick - ZinfandelRancho Zabaco - Sonoma Heritage VinesFrei Brothers - ZinfandelMacMurray Ranch - Pinot Noir  Read More

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  • Hi everybody I'm a small store owner at the edge of the rust belt, my customers rarely spend over $20 for a bottle, and I am looking to improve my selection a bit beyond what is here now. If you have a minute to help a guy out let me know what you think are the best wines that usually sell for $20 or less. Thanks ! Read More

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