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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  • Bogle Petite Sirah 2013

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    Soft and balanced is all I can say. This wine will age too! Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • A Tavola Petite Sirah 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Michael David Petite Petit 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Michael David Petite Petit 2013

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  • Michael David Petite Petit 2013

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    Large blackberry, blueberry, sandlewood, spice, violets with puckering tannins and juicy acidity. The aftertaste is lengthy and will with stand another 2-3 years of cellaring. Decant for now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • MJ - I would very much like to try that Petite Sirah.  I am on a financial leash for a bit though, so we'll see how things adjust with a few car payments in our history.  Just in the off chance I get permission to order a few bottles though, can you provide me a link to where you purchased the wine?Regarding the car, let me itemize a few improve... Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    I'm still loving this wine. Light on dark berry fruit. Plum. Good tannin that adds a bitterness, but doesn't dominate. Nice acid. Multiple levels to appreciate. Just a great wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a ... Barbera, 10% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah and 10% Alicante Bouschet. These grapes come from 90 plus year old vines in the Mokelumne River sub AVA in Lodi. Field picked and co-fermented, this combination of grapes produces a wine of warm welcoming primary aromas with... Read More

    From the article Superior Red Wines for Summertime


  • What are the secrets of a winemaker with over one hundred 90+ point wines ... ... changes from year to year, Petite Sirah has been The Spur’s signature. It’s a grape with a great affinity for the Livermore Valley. Older plantings of the grape at Murrieta’s Well give The Spur a luscious and vibrant expression of fruit flavors. Petite Sirah can ... Read More

    From the article All About Wine, Vine by Vine


  • Retro Cellars Petite Sirah Howell Mountain Old Vine 2009

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    Dark plum color in the glasswell duh, its Petite Sirah. Nose suggests plum, but the color may have subverted my nose. Light fruit on entrycurrant, blackberryvery light fruit. Some tarriness under mid-palate. Quite light on tannin and acid. I guess I could describe it as balanced since no one dimension dominates. Very easy on the rear palate... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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