Petite Sirah

News & Reviews

2019 News & Reviews


December 04, 2019

“ Anthony Gismondi: B.C. wine of the week, wine to cellar and calendar items”

Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States

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November 27, 2019

“ Be ready for holiday guests with wine on hand”
Star Tribune
Bill Ward

Bogle (killer petite sirah) and Parducci Small Lot (which rivals Montoya for best under-$20 pinot noir extant). Note that these are quintessentially California, with bright fruit flavors.

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November 27, 2019

“ What does it mean when a wine is described as “rustic”?”
Wine Spectator
Dr. Vinny

I find plenty of rustic wines charming. Petite Sirah comes to mind"”these dark, chewy wines are the opposite of a refined, silky red. But if the flavors are as intense and concentrated as the tannins, then I can find the profile very appealing.

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November 27, 2019

“ Off the vine: Thanksgiving turkey without wine is boring”
Milford Daily News
Al Vuona

If on the other hand you prefer a tasty red, then pinot noir or a soft, supple merlot is a good choice. For those wanting a little more bang, then perhaps a malbec or zinfandel will get the job done. From there step out of your comfort zone and try a less mainstream varietal such as petite sirah, which happens to pair extremely well with turkey and cranberry sauce.

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November 23, 2019

“ One-Grape Wineries Keep the Faith”
Wine Searcher
Kathleen Willcox

SCHEID: "We actually discovered Petite Sirah's potential by accident," says Heidi Scheid, executive vice president of Scheid Family Wines, under whose umbrella sits Petite Sirah showhorse Stokes' Ghost. "We started growing Petite Sirah for a client in the Hames Valley, an inland enclave at the southern edge of Monterey County. There's a wild 50-60 degree temperature swing between day and night, alluvial, well-drained soils and what can I say? It is the perfect place to grow Petite Sirah."

JOHN EUDY: John Eudy, owner of the five-acre labor-of-love Petite Sirah estate Aix Sponsa Cellar in Murphys, California, doesn't have even attempt to market himself to the Petite Sirah lily livers. "If you want a smooth red wine then Petite Sirah isn't for you," he says. "We work to accentuate the grape's robust personality, as a testament to not only its true nature, but also California's historic dependence on the grape. I'll tell you there's something about this grape - its bold spirit, its fruitiness, the sense of adventure you get in the glass - to me, it's the most American of grapes.

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November 05, 2019

“ Announcing Wine Enthusiast's 2019 Wine Star Award Winners”
Jen Cortellini

Twenty years ago, the editors of Wine Enthusiast conceived an annual-award program to honor individuals and companies that have contributed to the success of the wine industry. Over the years, the size and scope of Wine Enthusiast's Wine Star Awards have expanded to encompass spirits and to showcase hands-on consumer gatekeepers from all aspects of the industry. The awards recognize how varied and rich the wine culture and its peripheral facets have become, and celebrate the innovative trailblazers who are driving what consumers put in their glass every day. -- American Winery of the Year "“ Bogle Vineyards, Clarksburg, CA

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November 02, 2019

“ Gift Guide: The Best White, Red, Sparkling, and Dessert Wines to Give This Year”

Stags' Leap The 2016 Ne Cede Malis Petite Sirah Napa Valley is saturated with a core of dark fruit flavors alongside more savory notes of cocoa ...

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November 01, 2019

“ Wine of the Week: Wines of Mettler”
Scott Greenberg

Growing up in Central California, the Mettler name was synonymous with homemade banana nut bread and family-style dinners at a local Basque restaurant. Dorothy Mettler, the baker of the delicious banana nut bread, and my mother were dear friends. I was thrilled to find out years later that cousins in the Mettler lineage were responsible for some of my favorite wines from the Lodi region. The Mettler Family Vineyards is a family affair. They have been growing grapes in San Joaquin County in the Central Valley of California for six generations. In addition to the legacy of farming, the family still farms some of the original properties that date back to the late 1800s "” the Mettlers were also one of the first farming families to introduce French grape varieties in the region.

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October 30, 2019

“ Vina Robles Re-Launches Bistro Service, Introduces New Hospitality Team”
Wine Industry Advisor

Known primarily for their Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, the Vina Robles lineup includes small lots of a wide range of varieties and creative blends. While adhering to traditional winemaking methods, veteran winemaker Kevin Willenborg implements modern technologies to make his estate wines with minimal intervention at the state-of-the-art Vina Robles Winery.

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October 28, 2019

“ Climate Change Is Disrupting the Wine Industry”
Morning Brew
Alex Hickey

But the old guard isn' going down easy... crafty solutions: Switching grapes: Yes, that means making different wines. In Napa Valley, growers are planning for the day cab sav hands its crown to zinfandel, petite sirah, or foreign strains like (my personal favorite) tempranillo.

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October 07, 2019

“ Learn About Petite Sirah Wine: Description, Characteristics, and Pairings of the French Grape Grown in California”
Master Class
James Suckling

...encounter between two grapes in a botanist's nursery, then was brought across the Atlantic to find the perfect climate. Left to its own devices, petite sirah is unpleasantly dense and tannic, but winemakers found a role for it as the blending backbone of classic California wines that combine its rustic power with the aromatic finesse of other California transplants, like zinfandel.

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September 05, 2019

“ Wine Enthusiast's 20th Annual Wine Star Award Nominees”
Wine Enthusiast
Caroline Beteta

American Winery of the Year Bogle Vineyards Based in Clarksburg, California, Bogle is king of great values and celebrated 50 years of wine growing last year. The family-owned and operated winery, now in its third generation, makes serious wines like barrel-fermented Chardonnay and sells them for extremely reasonable prices. The Bogle success story began with an initial planting of 20 acres of Petite Sirah and Chenin Blanc in 1968, and it hit a high mark last year when production passed 2.5 million cases. Bogle wines have received more than 20 Best Buys from Wine Enthusiast in the past four years, and the winery was recently honored with the California Green Medal for sustainability.

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August 17, 2019

“ Five New Red Wines We Just Can't Wait to Pour”
Robb Report
Janice O'Leary

Since last year’s bottles of these wines were so good, we’ll be struggling to put these in the cellar to age. Luckily, these reds are ready to sip now, future be damned. From an inky dark Petite Sirah to a bittersweet Cabernet Sauvignon, here are five reds we just can’t wait to pour. ~ This wine is rich, meaty and inky dark with a tight structure. It has lots of years to go on it but is still good now with lamb, venison, pork or a good porterhouse. You’ll find charred lamb and roasted nuts on the nose, with stewed fruits, panettone, dusty mint and black cherry in the mouth. Phase V is Davis Estates’ most premium expression, made with the very best grapes from the very best parcels. Celebrated winemaker Philippe Melka has had his hands in the making of this very limited-production wine (just 141 cases). Buy three bottles; it has a candied, can’t-stop-drinking-it quality that will have you uncorking a second bottle with dinner faster than you’d expect, and you’re going to want to tuck one away.

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July 22, 2019

“ Stags' Leap Wines smooth, elegant & perfect anytime of year”
Wine Press
Ken Ross

STAGS' LEAP:Another reason why Stags' Leap's wines consistently taste so good surely has a lot to do with its winemakers - Christophe Paubert and Joanne Wing. Both of them began working at the winery in 2009. A native of France's Bordeaux area, Paubert worked at some of the top wineries in Bordeaux (Chateau d'Yquem and Gruaud-Larose) before coming to Stags' Leap, where he now serves as the general manager.

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July 11, 2019

“ P.S. I Love You at Copia”
Napa Valley Register

The CIA at Copia at Copia will host Masters of Petite, a Petite Sirah panel, tasting and walk-around reception, from 1 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, July 14. Petite Sirah trending in popularity among winemakers and consumers. P.S. I Love You, a non-profit organization that promotes Petite Sirah presents this event, which includes a tasting of Petite Sirah styles from 20 California producers. The panel includes George Urquiola of Robert Biale Vineyards, Stephanie Douglas of Aratas Wine, Randle Johnson of The Hess Collection and Artezin Wines, Julie Johnson of Tres Sabores Winery and Miro Tcholakov of Miro Cellars and Trentadue Winery.

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June 19, 2019

“ Peloursin vs Petite Sirah”
Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews
Elaine Chukan Brown

Records and conversations with "old timers" who were around to work in pre-Prohibition vineyards show that little differentiation was made between Petite Sirah (aka Durif) and its parent variety Peloursin. The two look remarkably similar on the vine, are used to provide structure and color to a wine, and often appear in pre-Prohibition Mixed Blacks vineyards accenting the predominant grape, Zinfandel. Looking more closely at the leaves a lot of similarities remain. Both have 5 leaf blades and predominant sinuses (the cut into the leaf between each blade), as well as a fuzz free back of the leaf. Peloursin, however, is a slightly deeper green than Petite while Petite leaves have slightly smoother skin and lay flatter. Here, Peloursin appears on the bottom beside a Petite Sirah leaf on top. When it comes to the wines from each, Peloursin has comparatively coarser tannin as well as darker color and flavor. Interestingly, while Petite is known to make relatively tannic wine, the fruit itself has only moderate tannin but the tannin that is there is highly extractable.

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May 24, 2019

“ Scheid Family Wines Announces Results Of Organic Petite Sirah Trials”
Wine Business Monthly
Scheid Family

"We are very bullish on Petite Sirah," said Heid Scheid, Executive Vice President of Scheid Family Wines. "Our estate vineyards in the Hames Valley AVA of Monterey County consistently produce some remarkable wines from this grape. In addition to the dark color, thick texture and firm tannins one would normally expect, these Petite Sirahs are layered, balanced and surprisingly complex. They express terroir, a rare feat for this robust variety. We recently planted an additional 60 acres of organically farmed Petite Sirah in Hames Valley. If our analysis, intuition and execution are correct, we will be able to produce luxury-class Petite Sirahs from this site that is organically farmed and organically vinified." Trial Description This trial consisted of three lots - two different no-sulfur dioxide protocols and a control. The two no-sulfur dioxide treatments were adapted from the Enartis Low SO2 protocol. All additions to each lot were identical, the only variables were (1) the use of Chitosan - Stab Micro M by Enartis (Enartis Method), (2) the use of an organic non-Saccharomyces Metschnikowia pulcherrima - Excellence Bio-Nature by Lamothe & Abiet (Bio-Protection), and (3) the use of sulfur dioxide (Control) at crush.

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May 21, 2019

“ The Grilling Season”
Robert Whitley

Steaks: cabernet sauvignon, rioja, petite sirah or red Bordeaux.

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March 26, 2019

“ A Guide to Petite Sirah "“ Everything You Need to Know”
J Buckley Fine Wines
J Buckley

If you're ready to invest in more wine for your growing collection, or are eager to introduce intriguing yet classy varietals, you've likely scoured numerous avenues in your quest. You might have narrowed in on wines from California, having discovered and then sampled high-quality bottles of Zinfandel, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. You've likely seen interesting bottles of California Syrah, Riesling and Petit Verdot, and may have even explored niche markets for Semillon and Viognier from the Golden State. A different California varietal equally worthy of adding to your wine cellar collection, though, is none other than Petite Sirah.

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January 19, 2019

“ Andy Perdue reveals his 25 top Northwest wines for 2019”
Montreal Gazette
Bill Zacharkiw

I had an interesting chat with a Montreal Gazette reader a few weeks back, revolving around what he said was his new favourite grape: petite sirah. I had mentioned this grape as a solid option for you cabernet sauvignon drinkers in a column last June....when petite sirah is on its own, you can truly taste the grape...If you want even more info about petite sirah, there is a Californian organization called PS I Love You (

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January 11, 2019

“ Wine: Clearing up confusion about petite sirah”
Montreal Gazette

Petite sirah - or petite syrah [No longer legal to use the "syrah" version], or Durif as it was originally called and is still known in Australia - was created in the late 19th century by a French nurseryman, Dr. Francois Durif. He was trying to find a way to make syrah more resistant to powdery mildew, so he crossed syrah with a grape called peloursin. While the new variety was more resistant, I find it's more like cabernet sauvignon than syrah. Petite sirah is much less floral than its parent, and tends to show darker fruit and much more tannin. Lovers of big red wine may find it's even bigger than cabernet sauvignon, though a touch less refined. But I love its grittier tannins. In certain respects, I would compare it to Italy's montepulciano.

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