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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  • Uh, A1, how high in the air were you that you could see the ocean from Los ... ... Los ... Halcon's first Petite Sirah this summer.  The Prado has become one of Mrs. EMark's favorites: A 50/50 Rossanne/Marsanne blend from the Alder Springs vineyard.  In response to a posting a few pages back by vin0vin0 on an Alder Springs Syrah, I commented ... Read More

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  • Just returned from a quick trip to the Central Coast.  Visited Talley and ... ... Syrah-- 2012 Edna Valley Petite SirahI hope to get caught up, today, with a bunch of stuff which has been put on "ignore" for the last few days.  If I haven't lost my enthusiasm, I'll post more detail on the visits to these two wineries. &nbs Read More

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  • I’m part Irish, but I’m not sure how much. I’m not Catholic ... ... a particular fan of the Petite Sirah and PS blends.  2011 Concannon Crimson & Clover Livermore Valley, California 13.7% abv. 50% Petite Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 10% Zinfandel  Great dark fruit, needs to breathe for a while. Dark, deep, concentrated and tannic... Read More

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  • Stags' Leap Winery the Investor 2012


    Good, but I was expecting more! The newest entry into the Stags Leap portfolio ... ... The tannins are from the Petite Sirah no doubt and rounded out by the Merlot. A good starter wine to the night, but that is about it for the investor. I expected more structure and depth from a winery of this pedigree. I'd prefer lesser expensive alternativ... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion

  • I've had the Graciano (still have a bottle, was bought at slight discount ... like bunch rot and the like (petite sirah's bugbear in France) turn out not to be a big problem in a place where you have low humidity and virtually no rainfall after bunch closure and through harvest.  Which describes California, pretty much, except for the fog--whi... Read More

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  • Bought two bottles of Ulises Valdez's 2011 St. Peter's Church Zinfandel ... going half-sies on some new Petite Sirah made by Mike Talty's nephew.  In a reversal of Mike's formula (90% Zin, 7% PS, 3% Carignane), this is 90% PS, 10% Zin, which softens it up a bit.  We also tasted but did not buy a Cab from Kachina that is blended with Charbono an... Read More

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  • Sorry Al, once you have been stung everything else is just wine. Seriously ... ... I have been a fan of Foley Petite Sirah, especially what he does for Switchback Ridge. On the Cab side his wines command prices out of my comfort zone unless, of course, someone else is opening it. ; Read More

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  • Marietta Cellars Christo Lot Number 2


    Picked this up at Jubilation. A big beast of a wine - 15.2% alcohol. Opens with some baking yeast and vanilla raspberry preserves, bit more and more vanilla, and then blackberry/black currant to dark cherry oak fudge. Big slippery silky mouthful with long finish. Predominately Syrah, pepper, spice, savory meats and herbs, with an expanding taste... Read More

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  • Fun report, AOA. Thanks.It's interesting that you raised the question ... ... Zinfandel29% Petit Verdot25% Petite Sirah9% Alicante Bousch Read More

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  • Made a trip to Pahrump Nevada today to play a round of golf with my friends at Mountain Falls GC. Amazing course! Rated #1 in Nevada and the #7 public course in America. Who would have thought a course that nice could be located smack dab in the middle of basically no-mans land.Because the trip is 45 minutes from Vegas, I decided to visit the wi... Read More

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