Petite Sirah

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2021 News & Reviews

November 04, 2021

“Petite Sirah – The Underdog Grape”
Last Bottle Sediments
Current Addition
Food pairing Petite Sirah wines are big and muscular, and they require hearty foods to match. Grilled meats such as beef, pork tenderloin or venison will provide a good balance – even subtly spicy dishes made from these meats will provide a good partner. Dry, strong cheeses will work well with the tannin content and luscious fruits. A blue cheese burger with caramelized onions would be right at home served with Petite. It would also be an excellent partner for a rich meaty stew, such as a Hungarian Goulash or a Boeuf Bourguignon.

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October 21, 2021

“Embracing an Unloved Grape”
The New York Times
Eric Asimov
If you go deep on one grape, petite sirah is an unlikely choice. It has a long history in California, longer than in France, its homeland, where it was called durif after François Durif, a grape breeder who maintained an experimental vineyard in which it was discovered in the 1860s. It’s virtually nonexistent in France today, but by the 1880s it had emigrated to California, found a new name and became a reliable component of some of the state’s old mixed vineyards. ...Ridge makes a bright, spicy, lively petite sirah at its Lytton Estate in the Dry Creek Valley,

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September 22, 2021

“The Deep and Dark Delights of Petite Sirah”
Pix Wine
Jeff Siegel
Petite Sirah, so the legend goes, produces such a dark and powerful wine that its juice can be used for ink. Member wines reviewed: Bogle California Petite Sirah, 2018 --- Mettler Family Vineyards Lodi Petite Sirah 2018 --- bottle of Stags’ Leap Winery Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2018 Stags’ Leap Winery Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2018 --- Ridge Lytton Estate Sonoma Petite Sirah 2018

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September 07, 2021

“Grapelive Wine of the Day September 7, 2021 ~ 2017 Theopolis Vineyards, Theo-Patra’s Cuvée Cerise, Red Wine, California.”
Grape Live
Kerry Winslow
As mentioned and reviewed many times here at Grapelive, the Theopolis Vineyards Estate Petite Sirah is one of the best new versions of this grape in the state, grown in Mendocino County’s Yorkville Highlands. Petite Sirah...is also known as Durif and originally comes from an accidental crossing of Peloursin and Syrah vines in the southwest of France. Named after the French botanist Francois Durif, who’s nursery is where this happened, the grape saw little success or admiration in its home country, but it has found a welcome home here in California, where it makes a dense and inky wine with incredible aging potential and is great in a blend or as a solo varietal wine.

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July 29, 2021

“California’s Central Coast Is Petite Sirah’s New Champion”
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Matt Kettmann
“There’s nothing petite about Petite Sirah,” is the common refrain for this robust red grape with a one-two punch of hard tannins and searing acidity. A hybrid of Peloursin and Syrah developed by French botanist François Durif in the 1800s, it never caught on much in the Old World. But in California, the thick-skinned variety was embraced by the 19th-century winemakers of the state’s emergent wine industry. Today, Petite Sirah’s 12,000 or so California acres make it the state’s sixth most-planted red variety. While used commonly to add impact and structure to blends or turned into uberripe, teeth-staining varietal wines, producers are now exploring its nuances and showcase more than the inky richness for which it’s known.

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May 14, 2021

“Lesser-known Wines Deserve Some Love Too ~ P. S. I Love You promotes Petite Sirah with help from ongoing Farm Credit support.”
Farm Credit Alliance
John Frith
As part of the nationwide Farm Credit System – the largest provider of credit to U.S. agriculture – American AgCredit and Farm Credit West are leading lenders to the state’s growers and wineries. And in collaboration with CoBank, the three Farm Credit organizations also support many wine-related organizations... [Jo] Diaz said Farm Credit’s support “basically saved our advocacy group last year because of COVID...Farm Credit stepped up and helped keep this small advocacy group thriving. They give back with support to the community, and they recognize the need for small advocacy groups like ours,” she said.

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April 30, 2021

“A special wine can change your perspective forever. What was your epiphany bottle?”
The Washington Post
Dave McIntyre
Zora Margolis of Edgecomb, Maine, recalls a 1973 Stags’ Leap Winery Petite Sirah from Napa Valley that she tried at the French Laundry, before it was purchased by Thomas Keller and transformed into one of the country’s most iconic restaurants. ~ “Up until that point, we had been Gallo Hearty Burgundy drinkers, and for me the Stags’ Leap was a kick between the eyes,” she says. “When we returned home to Los Angeles, I immediately went out and bought a case — I think it was $3.50 a bottle — and subscribed to the Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine.” The 2017 vintage of the petite sirah costs about $26, and is still considered by many to be among the best of that variety.

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April 18, 2021

“The Oscars' Best Picture Nominees In Wine: Robin's Movie Review”
KUNR
Robin Holabird
Judas and the Black Messiah follows energetic storytelling techniques as its main characters fight tradition and work outside the system. A grapelike petite sirah meets those criteria, especially one from Theopolis.

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April 13, 2021

“2021 North Coast Wine Challenge Gold Medal Winners: ~ La Storia by Trentadue 2019 Petite Sirah, Alexander Valley, 97 points ~ Foppiano Vineyards 2017 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley, 96 points ~ Miro Cellars 2019 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley, 96 points ~ Stanton Vineyards 2018 Petite Sirah, St. Helena, 94 points”
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
JANET BALICKI WEBER
GOLD MEDAL PETITES:

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March 17, 2021

“2017 Berryessa Gap Petite Sirah”
Nittany Epicurean
Michael Chelus
The wine showed a dark ruby color. Cherry, vanilla, raspberry, currant and oak all arrived on the nose. Cherry, vanilla, raspberry preserves, currant, licorice and oak followed on the palate where potent vanilla notes married nice with the red berry fruit. The wine was full-bodied and exhibited good length along with velvety tannins. This wine would pair very well with marinated and grilled tri-tip. While this wine* is no longer available, you can purchase the 2018 vintage for $38 at the winery's tasting room or directly from its website.

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March 02, 2021

“Scheid Vineyards”
My Vine Spot
Dezel Quillen
There are two things I need when cooking out back: rocking tunes and something delicious in my glass. The latter was a splash of Scheid Vineyards ’ 2016 estate-grown Petite Sirah from Monterey County’s Hames Valley appellation (known for wide diurnal swings). The wines ripe fruit character reflects the region’s daytime warmth and sunshine, while cooler evenings provide balance—allowing the sun-kissed berries to retain good natural acidity. Generous flavors of dark berry fruit and dried plum combine with vanilla-laced oak, cedar shavings, and a dusting of pepper in this full-bodied wine. The tannins are slightly tamed, building toward the spice-driven, lingering finish. Rock-solid sipper while smoking meat out back and even better with my pulled-pork dinner. Retails for $36 and only 311 cases produced. Check them out at scheidvineyards.com. ???? #PetiteSirah #MontereyWine #wine #winelover #myvinespot

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February 26, 2021

“Wine Guy: Hearty reds counter winter’s chill”
The Gazette
Rich Mauro of People's Palate
Petite sirah, a French grape that has found California much more hospitable, is the definition of robust.

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February 23, 2021

“The Red Wine Myth”
Creators
Dan Berger
One of the most enduring myths of red wine is that the older it gets, the better it is....The longest-lived dry red wines being made today are Barolo (from Northern Italy), California petite sirah, cooler-climate syrah and some California cabernet sauvignons.

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February 16, 2021

“Gus Clemens: Vintage wines are one-of-a-kind”
Reporter News
Gus Clemons
Tasting notes: Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah Napa Valley 2017: Politely bold expression of a grape that can be brusque. Not here. Vivid dark fruit flavors, yes. Irascible wine, no. $47

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February 02, 2021

“Michael David 2018 Petite Petit Petite Sirah (Lodi) ~~~ Editors' Choice ~~~ his powerful wine is jam-packed with black fruits, black pepper, dark chocolate and firm tannins. It will hold them tightly until further aging sees the wine blossom with additional complexity and suppleness. Best from 2024. Jim Gordon”
Wine Enthusiast ~ 93 POINTS
Jim Gordon
Great acidity and lively red-cherry and raspberry flavors light up this well-balanced and full-bodied wine. Light but firm tannins boost the mouthfeel and keep the impression fresh through the finish.

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February 01, 2021

“WBZ - Boston Radio - Try Something New”
Kens Wine Guide.com
Ken Hoggins
Segment number 2 - It's a great introduction to Petite Sirah. Ken easily explains Petite Sirah, and sends listeners to www.psiloveyou.org for members' Petites.

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January 20, 2021

“2017 Trentadue Estate Hearts Desire Petite Sirah”
Nittany Epicurean
Michael Chelus
Trentadue Winery is a new addition to my ongoing series of discovery of some of the great wines of California. The first wine we enjoyed from this wine was part of my exploration of the roots of petite sirah made from various winemaking regions of California - the 2018 La Storia Petite Sirah grown, produced & bottled by Trentadue Winery. Today, we'll enjoy another petite sirah from Trentadue Winery: 2017 Estate Hearts Desire Petite Sirah produced & bottled by Trentadue Winery (Geyserville, California)...The wine was full-bodied and exhibited great length along with velvety tannins. This elegant wine could be enjoyed now or cellared for another few years. It would pair nicely with a spicy black bean soup with chorizo.

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January 19, 2021

“12 wines, 12 varietals under $25 to toast 2021”
Cleveland.com
Marc Bona
CLEVELAND, Ohio "“ To start 2021, we sipped 12 wines "“ all different varietals - from five countries and three vintages. All the wines should be available in the Northeast Ohio retail market. Email what you like or don' enjoy. We also choose one each month as our favorite. Cheers! Mettler Petite Sirah! Mettler Family Vineyards, Ukiah, California; Petite Sirah, 2018, $24.99 ~~~ Chocolate and coffee are dominant with dark berries and decent tannins on the back end. Very rich, violet-colored wine that stands up to beef.

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January 11, 2021

“Why You Should Be Drinking Petite Sirah Right Now, California’s Most Misunderstood Red”
Robb Report
Sara L. Schneider
In the early 1970s, Stags’ Leap Winery was one of the first in Napa Valley’s modern era to shine a spotlight on Petite Sirah, because of the sheer force of former owner Carl Doumani’s interest (one might say obsession). And its “Ne Cede Malis” Petite is an elegantly balanced treat today. (Doumani went on to found Quixote, concentrating on the variety with bottles also worth seeking out.) Other producers hitting the mark with P.S include... Robert Biale Vineyards... Some call these the real king of reds.

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January 11, 2021

“Why You Should Be Drinking Petite Sirah Right Now, California’s Most Misunderstood Red”
Yahoo Finance
Sara L. Schneider
"Like Jimi Hendrix, find your Purple Haze and find the dance floor. This wine can have its own moves, and sense of grace.” That’s Tor Kenward talking. Misunderstanding about Petite Sirah likely starts with its name. Neither petite nor Syrah (an understandable confusion of murky spelling), P.S. is, in fact, its own variety entirely, a cross between Syrah and little-known Peloursin, dating to the late 1800s in France. There, it was known as Durif (after the botanist whose watch the cross occurred under).

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January 01, 2021

“2017 Miro Cellars Reserve Petite Sirah Coyote Ridge Vineyard”
The Nittany Epicurean
Michael Chelus
The first wine we enjoyed from Sonoma's Miro Cellars was brought to you when my ongoing series of discovery of some of the great wines of California began an exploration of the roots of petite sirah made from various winemaking regions of the state. In August, we enjoyed the 2018 Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley produced & bottled by Miro Cellars. Today, we travel back to Geyserville for another petite sirah from Miro Cellars: ~~~ 2017 Reserve Petite Sirah Coyote Ridge Vineyard produced & bottled by Miro Cellars (Geyserville, California). This wine is 100% petite sirah from Coyote Ridge Vineyard near the middle of Dry Creek Valley... showed a dark garnet almost opaque color. Black cherry, raspberry preserves, cassis, dark chocolate, vanilla, loganberry and oak all arrived on the deep and complex nose. Black cherry, raspberry preserves, vanilla, blackberry, eucalyptus, plum and oak followed on the palate where the dark berry fruit was the main character. The wine was full-bodied and exhibited great length along with velvety tannins. This wine would pair quite well with a bowl of spicy black bean and chorizo soup.

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