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Petite Sirah

Learn about Petite Sirah — taste profile, popular regions and more …

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With its deep color, rich texture, firm tannins and bold flavors, there is nothing petite about Petite Sirah. The variety, originally known as Durif in the Rhône, took on its more popular moniker when it was imported to California from France in 1884. Since then Petite Sirah has become known as a quintessentially Californian grape, common as a blending partner for Zinfandel, other varieties, or as a single varietal wine. It thrives in warmer locations, such as Lodi, Sonoma and Napa.

Tasting Notes for Petit Sirah

Petite Sirah is a dry, red wine. It is typically deep, dark, rich and inky with concentrated flavors of blueberry, plum, blackberry, black pepper, baking spice, leather, cigar box and chewy, chocolaty tannins.

Perfect Food Pairings for Petit Sirah

Petite Sirah’s full body and bold fruit make it an ideal match for barbecue, especially brisket with a slightly sweet sauce or other rich meat dishes. The variety’s heavy tannins call for protein-rich food and strong flavors.

Sommelier Secrets for Petit Sirah

Don’t get Petite Sirah confused with Syrah—it is not, as the name might seem to imply, a smaller version of Syrah. It is, however, an offspring of Syrah (crossed with the obscure French Alpine variety, Peloursin), so the two grapes do share some genetic characteristics.

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  • Parducci True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah 2018  Front Label
    Parducci True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah 2018
    Petite Sirah from Mendocino, California
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  • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Petite Sirah 2018  Front Label
    Shannon Ridge High Elevation Petite Sirah 2018
    Petite Sirah from Lake County, North Coast, California
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  • Caymus Suisun Grand Durif 2018  Front Label
    Caymus Suisun Grand Durif 2018
    Petite Sirah from Suisun Valley, North Coast, California
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  • Parducci Small Lot Petite Sirah 2018  Front Label
    Parducci Small Lot Petite Sirah 2018
    Petite Sirah from Mendocino, California
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  • Foppiano Estate Petite Sirah 2016  Front Label
    Foppiano Estate Petite Sirah 2016
    Petite Sirah from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Vinum Cellars Petite Sirah 2017  Front Label
    Vinum Cellars Petite Sirah 2017
    Petite Sirah from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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    • Stanton Vineyards Saint Helena Petite Sirah 2016 Front Label
      Stanton Vineyards Saint Helena Petite Sirah 2016
      Petite Sirah from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    • Three Wine Company Petite Sirah 2016  Front Label
      Three Wine Company Petite Sirah 2016
      Petite Sirah from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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      • Maxville Petite Sirah 2015  Front Label
        Maxville Petite Sirah 2015
        Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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      • Stokes' Ghost Petite Sirah 2016  Front Label
        Stokes' Ghost Petite Sirah 2016
        Petite Sirah from Monterey, Central Coast, California
        • D93
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