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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  • 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


    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

  • Lawer Estates Betsy's Vineyard Petite Sirah Knights Valley 2013


    Deep ruby-purple color with some salinity and earthy minerality in the glass and notes of ripe raspberry and tart cranberry. Puckeringly tart on entry and full of red currant, cranberry and cherry notes, this is powerfully tannic and dry and carries a bit of heat towards the finish that warms the palate along with some black olive notes, menthol... Read More

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  • Ridge Geyserville 2013


    Very interesting wine. For those who recall the days when a Zinfandel was characterized as brambly, this aint it. The front label indicates that this wine is 73% Zin, 17% Carignan, 9% PS and 1% Mourvedre. This is a pretty gentle wine. A fair amount of red berry fruit on introduction, but nowhere near the tannin that I would expect. Not real... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Foppiano Vineyards Petite Sirah 2012


    Dark purple in the glass as you would expect from a PS. Very fruity noseof dark berries. Big hit of fruit on introductionsweeter than blackberry, more like blueberry. Not a blockbuster PS. Very light on both tannin and acid. More of an easy drinker. Very easily worth the $15 I spent on it. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I was thinking that it was them, RCKR.  I think I read it in an e-mail ... Angeli Cuvee--a Zinfandel/Petite Sirah/Carignane/Syrah blend.  Is that in my wheelhouse or what?And, for what it's worth, Paul Limerick Lane is another winery that is moving higher on my list of favorites.  I've been buying from them for about a year, now, and have very... Read More

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  • I'm still recovering from all the activities of Memorial Day weekend, so ... a cheap wine, but the 2010 Petite Sirah was tasty if you like that varieta Read More

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  • Saved "Tattoo" Red Blend 2012


    The winemaker's notes call this a big powerful wine. Not so much. It does open to add depth and some strength, but it takes a good 45-60 mns. to open fully and the end result was a red berry driven wine with medium tannins, smallish pepper notes and a decent ending acidity. Honestly don't think this worth the nearly $25 it takes to buy locally. ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • D--They are impressive, those Chianina.  The Chiangus are interesting, ... ... to try the 2009 Burnsini Petite Sirah that I just purchased on my ramble last week, and pitted it against a 2009 Bell Massa Ranch Petite Sirah.  Our guests seemed to like the Burnsini more, as did I at opening, but it devolved into a fruit bomb with air--glad I didn... Read More

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  • The Prisoner Wine Co. "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by dlpugh

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