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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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  • Aratas Wine Shake Ridge Ranch Petite Sirah 2012 Front Label
    Aratas Wine Shake Ridge Ranch Petite Sirah 2012
    Petite Sirah from Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Frank Family Vineyards Petite Sirah 2012 Front Label
    Frank Family Vineyards Petite Sirah 2012
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Edmeades Petite Sirah 2012 Front Label
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2012 Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2012
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Michael David Winery Earthquake Petite Sirah 2012 Front Label
    Michael David Winery Earthquake Petite Sirah 2012
    Petite Sirah from Lodi, California
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  • Guenoc Lake County Petite Sirah 2012 Front Label
    Guenoc Lake County Petite Sirah 2012
    Petite Sirah from North Coast, California
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  • Michael David Winery Petite Petit 2012 Front Label
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  • Dusted Valley Wahluke Slope Petite Sirah 2012 Front Label
    Dusted Valley Wahluke Slope Petite Sirah 2012
    Petite Sirah from Columbia Valley, Washington
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