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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  • Drinking an 09 Petite Sirah from one of my favorite Seattle Urban Wineries and Horse Heaven Hills, one of my favorite Washington AVAs.  Dark currant, plums, cedar baking spices with an excellent tannin fueled backbone. Read More

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  • Ridge Geyserville 2007


    Somewhat of a sour nose. Quite light hit of berry fruit on the tip of the tongue. Tannins are diminished to a chalky sensation. Very delightful on the rear palate. It seems like an integrated, mature wine experience in that areavery smooth. Sourness detected on the nose seems to have dissipated with just a few minutes of air. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Sea Pines Vineyard Old Vine Petite Sirah 2014


    A bit too dry. Uncharacteristic dryness of a petite sirah. Good balance on tannins. Fruit forward. Mostly red fruit flavors like red raspberry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Pruett Taylor's Reserve Estate Syrah 2012


    Very dark in the glassnot quite Petite Sirah dark, but still. It even has a dark nosedark fruits, prunes, some mustiness. On the tongue Im getting some blackberry, but its not really much of a hit. There is more earthiness or dustiness than fruit. However, this wine is a mouthful. Very full bodied. I like it, but it loses points because of... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • BLM - Been dealing with freezing rain, snow and gale force winds here.  Bring back any memories? Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2014


    Dark purplemore blue than redin the glass. Maybe I have blue on my mind, but Im getting blueberry on introduction. As the wine passes back there the fruit seems to be cloudedmay be the drying effect of tannin. Speaking of which sneaks up on me as the wine hits the rear palate. Not the biggest zin Ive ever had, and, I have to say, not nearly ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011


    Add this bold favorite to your list this season. Bold, jammy and full of spice makes this a great match for your ham or beef choices this season. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • One of the first PS I had was McManis I believe. It was a great, low dollar intro to the grape. Nothing Petite about it! Read More

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  • Thanks for this. I will try some of these! Read More

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  • BLM - I love petite syrah - Jaffurs, Ridge, Robert Baile, Stag's Leap on the the high end Spellbound, Pedroncelli on the low end.  All are different with Ridge being the softer more (please excuse the word) female expression of the grape.I've had the Parallel 39 and agree with your notes - that's why it's not on list. Read More

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