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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  • I'm digging this thread out of the pile since I had an opportunity last ... ... had a very good '13 petite sirah.  I was most impressed with Nottingham was where I found most of the wines to be of a higher caliber.  Top quaffs here were their Bordeaux Blanc, their Coco Blanc (Roussanne, Marsanne, Muscat) and their Syrah.Side note - I was the ... Read More

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  • Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County 2013


    Beautiful dark color. (What else for a PS?) Tart black fruit nose. Very chewy dark fruit on the tongue, Think unsweet prunes. Some steeliness. Plenty of tannin and plenty of acid. I really think this one has a pretty long life in front of itself. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • T-vine was a very nice little winery. I haven't heard of them for a while, ... intriguing--e.g., Frediani Petite Sirah or Evangelho Carignane.  There appears to also be an option to subscribe to a partnership of wineries, including, not surprisingly, Regusci. &nbs Read More

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  • I, of course, was turned on to Halcon Vineyards by a this very forum.  I ... offerings was a 3-pack of Petite Sirah directly from Theopolis Vienyard.  For $100 and free shipping, I was in,  Since I also have ordered one or two bottles of the Halcon PS every year, I can do mini horizontals/verticals, Get this.  Ordered on Sunday and delivered o... Read More

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  • Z - Good to know that someone else is buying the '15 in quantity.  ... ... and Pinot and 2 X the Petite Sirah and Elevacion Syr Read More

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  • Finally drank some D&R wines, with some interesting results.L - The D&R ... red stuff left, including a petite sirah that I'm dreading now, and so far the only bottling I'd order again is the viognie Read More

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  • Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Syrah Grenache Blend 2015


    Unpretentious berry fruit on entryblueberry, blackberry. Slight suggestion of vanilla. After the initial impressions it moves towards savory. Nice full-bodied wine. Sturdy tannins. Acid makes it very drinkable and, along with the tannin, suggests improvement from more sideways resting. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • The Abstract Red Blend is a Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah combination.  I've been drinking this David Phinney wine for years now.  It's from Orin swift and typically needs 3-4 yrs or more in the cellar to really come around. They can be quite tannic early but loaded with fruit it is very satisfying,I currently have the 2015 & 2016 and their 2... Read More

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  • Mount Peak Winery Gravity Red Blend California 2015


    Fiery aromas of blackberry preserves and spice, licorice and clay. Thick and elegant on the palate with a firm attack of creamy blackberry and black currant fruit, turning quite bold and spicy on the mid palate with full acidity, chewy tannins and chocolate notes, more licorice and a finish of plum and mixed berry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Murrieta's Well the Spur Red Blend Livermore Valley 2015


    Floral aromas of fresh licorice, black cherry and blackberry, a touch of green pepper and spice adding some complexity and a creamy vanilla note. This is lively and fun on the palate with juicy and jammy black cherry and purple fruit, fun cinnamon, vanilla bean and black pepper spice, gentle tannins and good acidity throughout. Read More

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  • I just opened a 2007 LA Cetto Petit Syrah from Valle De Guadalupe, simply outstanding, it's my first bottle of Petit Syrah and is now one of my favorite wines!! Salud!!

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  • Fife Petite Syrah Port { Redhead Vineyards } 1995 Wonderful !!!! At Grocery Outlet for $4.99 A STEAL !!!

    Comment by 642274pswine101 642274 pswine101

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