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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  • Had some friends over and maybe got a little carried away but had a great time ... so I grabbed the Montelena Petite sirah to celebrate and decided to end the evening on a nice Napa cab franc, because we could.The Sancerre was a good bit better than the Miraflor but both were excellent. Dumol was a big Russian River chard with a good bit of oa... Read More

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  • T-Vine Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2012


    Dark and brooding is right! Big nose of blackberry, oak, cloves, earthy tones and Damson plum. Loaded with big fruit, tannins and acidity this is not for the faint of heart and 3-4 yrs cellaring. Decant for now - Paul 90 points. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • P.S. I Love Night Here - Petite Sirah for all! Read More

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  • I like her Tribidrag much more. The Mondeuse was something I really wanted to ... ... In a way kind of like a Petite Sirah can be - big and tannic and kind of impenetrable without a lot of layers, at least none that were immediately discernable. Kind of bitter too. I left it decanted for a few hours and it picked up a little fruit but not eno... Read More

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  • Ridge Geyserville 2012


    A bit jammy, tartness, warm spices, drying, long finish of cinnamon. Light tannins. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

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  • Chloe Red Blend 2013


    Inky purple/black hues and clear in the coloration. This wine has amazingly rich cocoa/milk chocolate aromas with background notes of molasses/toffee, super smooth oak wood and is has cream smoothness on the nostrils. Flavors follow suit, but with deep ripe, black berry goodness, vanilla bean and subtle spice. Mouthfeel is velvety, medium bod... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Really to find about the '86 Ravenswood.  Just got a T-Vine 2012 Napa Valley Petite Sirah...just in time for our 3rd Annual P.S. I Love You Night, will be hosting the 9th Annual Pinot Envy night.   Read More

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  • Mending Wall2x 2013 Cab Sauv2x 2014 Petite SirahEMark the PS is the darkest most intense and tannic expression I have ever tasted. Read More

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  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2008


    91 points. Well done with black fruit, dark cherry, spice (pepper), herbal and earthy tone underly anise, solid tannins (not big) and acidity that frame well. Great effort here. Drink now - Paul Read More

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