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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  • 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


  • I'm sure that somebody will chastise me for not waiting decades to open a Petite Sirah, but, obviously, that person has me confused with somebody who gives a. . . . I think this is a pretty darned good wine.  Light on dark frut on entry.  An eathiness, or rustic characteristic at mid-palate. Fairly light on both tannin and acid.  Good wine. It's... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • J. Dusi Wines Tres Cojones Vineyard 'Endless Crush' 2013

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  • Shale Oak Winery Broken Oak Petite Sirah 2010

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence ... franc, chardonnay, merlot, petite sirah, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, syrah, zinfandel, and many more. The styles and prices of our wines vary as greatly as the wines produced. One day, one may enjoy traditional method sparkling wines like blanc de blancs, blanc... Read More

    From the article Wine Myths: Debunked


  • Josh Cellars Legacy Red 2012

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    This has sat untouched laying down for months. It has melded together well, marrying all the fruits, oak, herbal and spice components well. Not a big or complicated wine it drank easily. Read food wine. Drink now - Paul 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Some new additions:2013 Tomaresca "Neprica" Puglia2013 Halcon Tierra Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands2012 L'Ecole No.41 Merlot Columbia Valley2013 Limerick Lane RRV Zinfandel Read More

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  • Orin Swift Cellars Abstract Rhone Style California 2011

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    Deep and brooding at this time in it's life - there is mostly red berry fruits, some blackberry, deep cedar, spice and chocolate. It is mouth coating and chewy with good acidity with a looooong aftertaste. 90 points - drink or hold, Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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