Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah Wine

Petite Sirah has been leaping to the best wine lists of connoisseurs and everyday enthusiasts. From its bold origination in the Rhone Valley of France, California (particularly in the Paso Robles region) has been making a strong showing with the most recent productions. The consumption of Petite Sirah has also been showing strong growth in Israel, Australia, South Africa and across much of South America. The Petite Sirah wine is produced from a traditional red wine grape that got its name because of the its relative size. It is smaller than many of the other red wine grapes, and so it became known as petite. This has nothing to do with how the wine tastes on the palate. Actually, the grape has a thick skin and a dark red color, and is loaded with strong tannins. This give the wine a full bodied taste, and it has some bold and big jammy flavor. Often there will be strong overtones of black pepper, spice, and an overall dark fruit flavor. Even though the names are similar, Petite Sirah is not the same as the grape which produces Syrah (also known as Shiraz) wines. The grapes may be a cross-pollination of another regional Rhone grape known as Durif (sometimes Peloursin). DNA testing is still not conclusive about this.