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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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Lake County

    Lake County is an emerging wine region within California’s North Coast, north of Napa. Clear La...

  • Paso Robles

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  • Israel

      Wine has been produced in Israel since Biblical times, perhaps longer than anywhere in the...

  • Yolo County

      Yolo County is an emerging wine region within the Central Valley district of California. T...

  • Lodi

    The Lodi wine region lies in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, which include...

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    Owners Dan and Becky Blue, Roy and Cheri Eisiminger and Vance and Jana Thompson are proud to pres...

  • Bond

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  • Screaming Eagle Winery

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  • Michael Pozzan Winery

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Petite Sirah on Snooth

  • Reds 2012


    Fruit forward Lodi wine. The Petite Sirah dominates this blend. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • I loved that wine. Back in the day it was full of fruit from old vine Zinfandel and Petite Sirah vineyards. Today they import juice from Chile or Argentina if memory serves correctly. Maybe this 50th anniversary is something like the older versions. It's a bit sweeter than I remember it being, I still try it once in a while for old times sake, b... Read More

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  • Yes, Fox, I do have more of that Mauritson, CS--some Rockpile, also.On Sunday ... on the menu was, actually, a Petite Sirah.  Well, I chastised the poor server a bit and suggested that they might fix their menu, and, then told him that we would be happy to drink it.  I really like Petite Sirah.  This one was a very much "in your face" example ... Read More

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  • Greg Norman California Estates Petite Sirah 2011


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    Wine review by jcars47

  • Does Gallo still produce Hearty Burgundy? I used to be able to buy it in any grocery store but haven't been able to find in in quite a while. I read about a 50th anniversary Hearty Burgundy which leads me to believe it's still being produced. Any thoughts about why I can't find it in NC? Read More

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  • Hey edwilly - haven't seen you around for a while. I know you know this, ... ... It's a shame really.Petite Sirah is, as you know, a progeny of Syrah but has little in common with it. It tends to be monolithic and lacking in much complexity, somewhat along the lines of Aglianico IMHO. That said, the Turley's are some of the best and I think t... Read More

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  • I'm also a fan of Rhone wines, even preferring them to Bordeaux when it ... might also try the Turley petite sirahs just for fun. I think that their Hayne Vineyard zinfandel and petite sirah are quite good wines and the PS in particular is unlike some others in that it is not overly tannic and has a notable balance of fruit, wood, and tannins.... Read More

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  • Went to a tasting last week at one of our favorite local wine stores to check ... ... of really good zins, a petite sirah and a remarkably smooth tannat.  We bought the Monte Rosso zin, the Jack's Vineyard petite sirah and this really, really nice Kristen's Cuvee viognier.  Really happy to see Rock Wall establishing a presence here in North C... Read More

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  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, I've been seriously enjoying and exploring wine for just over 20 years. On the red side, right now I'm partial to wines from Spain and the Rhone valley, but other loves are Oregon pinots, really good Italian wines (yes, it's endless, but that's the fun), and wanting to try mu... Read More

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  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2008


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    Wine review by sestri01

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