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Petite Sirah

With its deep color, rich texture, firm tannins and bold flavors ...

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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. Despite its origins, it has since become known as a quintessentially Californian grape, commonly utilized as a blending partner for softer Zinfandel and other varieties, but also finds success as a single varietal wine. It thrives in warmer spots, such as Lodi, Sonoma and Napa counties.

In the Glass

Petite Sirah wines are typically deep, dark, rich and inky with concentrated flavors of blueberry, plum, blackberry, black pepper, sweet baking spice, leather, cigar box and chewy, chocolaty tannins.

Perfect Pairings

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 and strong flavors that can stand up to the wine.

Sommelier Secret

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, the offspring of Syrah (crossed with an obscure French variety called Peloursin), so the two grapes do share some genetic characteristics despite being completely distinct.

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  • Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah 2007 Front Label
    Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah 2007
    Petite Sirah from Central Coast, California
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  • Pedroncelli Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2007 Front Label
    Pedroncelli Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2007
    Petite Sirah from Sonoma County, California
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  • Girard Petite Sirah 2007 Front Label
    Girard Petite Sirah 2007
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Titus Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2007 Front Label
    Titus Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2007
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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