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Snooth User: wlstiles3

New Fave

Posted by wlstiles3, Apr 24, 2010.

Its official, my new favorite varietal is Petit Sirah.    Blueberry, cedar, pencil shaving, mulberry, dark chocolate in a mouth watering deep purple ink.  Thanks for the intro Bogle.  I need to find some other makers.



Reply by chadrich, Apr 26, 2010.

Also one of my favorites.  While it's not as common as Cab, you won't have to look hard too find a good selection of Petite.  In fact, there's an entire organization based on the grape called "PS I Love You".  Their web site ( lists a large number of member wineries who make a PS bottling). 

Depending on price point, I'd recommend the following:

Price comparable to Bogle -Concannon, McManis

$25 range-Vincent Arroyo, F Teldeschi

High end-Turley, Ridge

Reply by ChipDWood, Apr 26, 2010.

Ever try the Bogle Phantom?  Old Vine Mourvedre, Zin, & Petite Sirah in that puppy.  Leathery, luscious... buncha lovely "L" words jammed into a $17 bottle.

Lots of entries for one wine- but you'll get the gist.  Drinks WELL above its price and reminds me of much more expensive wines out of the Rhone.

Change ya life.

Reply by Brad Borneaux, Apr 26, 2010.

It's been a fav of mine for the last year or so as well.  I'd reccommend all that chadrich has mentioned, although I have not had those mentioned in the $25 range. Bogle & Concannon are really great considering the price point!  To extend on his list, here's a couple of my regulars. 

  • EOS (2007, 2005, 2003) ~25 CAD.  The next Petite Syrah I had tried from Paso, and still a fav.  2006 was not a favourable vintage for me (a bit 'mild' for a PS).  I've having the 2007 as the main red for my Wedding actually!


  • Chamelon (only tried the 2003 Vintage) ~ $43 CAD.  Really heavy Petite Syrah, but great flavour.

These all seem to have a wide distribution, so hopefully you should be able to find them!  I've tried other PS, labelled otherwise as "Durif" from Australia, and France... but have yet to come up with any I have liked as much as those from the USA.

Although not 100% Petite Syrah, I do like this blend (85% Petit Syrah, and 15% Petite Verdot). It's big and flavourful, heavily extracted and lots of fruit:

  • Michael David - "Petite Petit" (don't recall which vintage I had), should be around $26 CAD.

Enjoy the hunt!  Let us know if you find any others you like!

Reply by Brad Borneaux, Apr 26, 2010.

Also, if you want to checkout Gary Vay-Ner-Chuk! tasting some PS', here's a query of episodes from his site:


Reply by Brad Borneaux, Apr 26, 2010.

Just watching Episode 161 of WineLibraryTV, his second PS is:

  • Marietta - Although he scored it an 82... I've had this at a local restaurant a couple times and wouldn't hesitate to reccommend it!  I think it goes for the mid 20's in CAD $. 
Reply by wlstiles3, Apr 26, 2010.

Thanks for all the recommendations.  Nice to see P.S. has such a solid following.

Reply by corkcounter, Apr 26, 2010.

If you want to taste the best try Stag's Leap or Quixote

Reply by outthere, Apr 26, 2010.

Don't forget Turley. While their Hayne Vineyard PS gets all the hype I'm also a big fan of the Library Vineyard and Rattlesnake Acres:

I like PS's that Robert Foley has a hand in such as Switchback Ridge:

Robert Foley:

and Pride Mountain:

Here is one on the more affordable end of the price scale which is very enjoyable: (K&L Wine Merchants has this on sale for $29.99, a bargain)

Welcome to the land of Petite Sirah. This varietal holds a special place in my heart. Switchback is probably the most interesting of the lot and is my personal fave. You won't find a big selection of good PS's at the wine stores so find a few you like and start buying direct from the winery. Another good way is to follow some wine brokers who sell of peoples cellars for them. You will find some real good wines and these days there are a lot of cellars for sale and you can find some real gems at a deal.

Enjoy the search!

Reply by corkcounter, Apr 26, 2010.

Your picks are right on, you know your stuff. All excellent suggestions.

Reply by corkcounter, Apr 27, 2010.

Scholium -Babylon is pretty incredible too

Reply by Brad Borneaux, Apr 27, 2010.

That's too bad, none of those are distributed where I live.  I visited Turley, but they were only pouring Zin's at the time... not their PS.

Reply by outthere, Apr 27, 2010.

Don't fret, most of them are not distributed. You need to get on the winery mailing list or buy from a broker like Hart Davis Hart or Benchmark Wine Group. A little homework will reap huge returns.

Reply by Brad Borneaux, Apr 28, 2010.

Homework will not help unfortunately...  They are simply not imported into Canada.

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