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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  • Barbera Cooper Ranch 2011

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    Wine review by Tganucheau


  • Painted Fields 2011

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  • Petite Sirah Reserve 2010

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    Wine review by Tganucheau


  • I have very little experience with Grenache/Granacha.  (I don't think ... by their first offerings of Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir.  I'm hoping that I get another chance when the Alturas is released this winte Read More

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  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

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  • Ravenswood Besieged 2013

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    The color of this wine is a mix between purple, burgundy and has brown tinges....oily in texture! Rich dark berry aromas with some dried dark fruits in there as well. Flavors follow suit and there are added notes of licorice, nutty oak, Earthy spice tones, blackberry, dark cherries etc....full mouthfeel and buttery smooth! Alcohol tinge right... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Again, showing my trust in OT:Ancillary 2014 Sangiacomo Vineyard ChardonnayI ... ... 2013 Theopolis Vineyard Petite SirahCeritas 2013 Porter-Bass Vineyard ChardonnayMyriad 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet SauvignonMyriad 2013 Three Twins Vineyard Cabernet SauvignonMyriad 2013 Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III Cabernet SauvignonMyriad 2013 McGah Famil... Read More

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  • Of course we've tried them. For years I didn't care much for the reds ... they're doing stuff like Petite Sirah for example, and doing it well. Petite Verdot is still, well, Petit Verdot. But even their Cabs can be quite good. And the whites were as good as ever. It's a big country in terms of potential wine sites, so i'ts hard to talk about "... Read More

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  • Tonight I attended our second tasting of Chilean wines at the Crystal City Wine Shop in Crystal City, Virginia.  This was a special tasting of wines from the Botalcura Winery in Santiago, Chile - special because the Winemaker Philippe Dubrus was there to introduce the wines.  That's me in a selfie with him below.  This winery has been featured b... Read More

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  • Edmeades Petite Sirah Mendocino County 2012

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    Steady blackberry preserve fruit note on the nose with a bit of heat. This is silky smooth in the mouth, with round and rich ripe blackberry flavors, juicy dark plum and candied fig and almond notes. Tannins are quite strong and provide excellent structure - this carries a bit of weight but is still easy drinking and fun. Read More

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