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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  • 'Burgundian' is perhaps best used, IMHO, to describe a philosophical ... in the day blended a little petite sirah in some of their pinot noir, but that didn't continue all that long. Remember they were making reds back then that only had 12% or so alcohol, and were coming from young vines, not to mention they were pretty much pioneering good p... Read More

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  • Yo Ronny, welcome to Snooth! Growing up in SE Michigan I've spent some time ... pre-dinner wine, a very good petite sirah from Christopher Creek.Looking forward to hearing more about your wine preferences and sharing mine.BTW, cute do Read More

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  • Hi Snooth! Hopefully you can guide me to the best red wines! Life is short, wine is good! Read More

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  • OK back to what we're drinking. ordered a 6 pack of this Christopher Creek petite sirah when we were there in last April. Still very young but drinking nicely. This is fairly big but not as huge as most PS' I've had. Inky and dark in the glass with loads of black fruit, licorice and a hint of smoke. This is a big wine but still well balanced wit... Read More

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  • Yes, the Monte Bello was 2012.  2007 was a great vintage, and well worth a ... ... a really good Syrah and Petite Sirah, and the prices are competitive.  On the other hand, if you just want a Rockpile and are okay with a little bit more fruit forward profile, buy the Beekeeper and avoid the commitment.  I'll serve you the 2013 Westphall when y... Read More

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  • Apropos of the comment above that "claret" was used for just about ... that it contains Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Carignane.  No Bordeaux varietals at all.Roger Moore had no choice but to play the part of Bond with a wink and a nod to its ridiculousness as the franchise had well overstayed its time.  The movies have always been faintly ridi... Read More

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  • Don't forget that history also applies to farming practices. You grow ... ... it even includes grapes like Petite Sirah or Zinfande Read More

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  • Very interesting, DM.  I was always of the opinion, and, of course, ... ... ... varieties like Syrah and Petite Sirah are grown in Bordeaux.  French winemaking laws being what they are, is it legal to  use them in Bordeaux AOC wine Read More

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  • Spinning this discussion out from another thread.To start with, here is a ... ... Franc3% Malbec3% Merlot2% Petite SirahAlso, the front label indicates "Claret," which, to me indicates a blended wine, and "Cabernet Sauvignon," which implies a varietal bottling.  I guess the marketing boys did not want to take any chances.  Clearly, it is a mad... Read More

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  • One of our charming new posters, cysurvivor, was fishing for recommendations ... get a glass or six.)  Petite Sirah was next.  This always comes from the Madrone Spring vineyard, and used to be blended, at least in part, with the Zinfandel.  Clay made a decision a couple years ago to stop putting PS in the Zin.  It means that the drinking wind... Read More

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