Petite Sirah (also known as Durif) is a red grape that produces dark-colored tannic wines with strong plum and dark berry fruit characteristics alongside some spice. Despite the similar name, it is not the same grape as Syrah. It is most commonly grown in California, and Australia. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Petite Sirah among our extensive Petite Sirah wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Petite Sirah reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Petite Sirah, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.
Fifty bucks for Petite Sirah? You bet. It’s a huge wine, black as midnight, dry and tannic, with amazingly deep, long flavors of currants, Mexican chocolate mole sauce, crême de cassis, sweet old leather, anise, pepper, cinnamon and smoky oak. Has the balanced complexity of a great Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, with Petite Sirah’s classic earthiness and depth. This…
What an aroma. So Côte-Rôtie, so powerful and rich, yet so refined. Masses of white pepper, cassis, freshly ground French roast, cocoa, gingersnap cookie, char, vanilla, cinnamon—and that’s just the smell! In the mouth, there’s all that and more. Dry, massive, deep and long. A triumph. 2008–2020.
Freshly picked blackberries that got ripe under the hot summer sun. Lots of ground black peppercorn dust. Black currant liqueur, black licorice and even a smattering of pancetta. These are the flavors of this delicious, complex Petite Sirah. It shows the big, firm tannins the variety is famous for, but they’re exceptionally ripe and fine. Absolutely first-class…
There’s a smoky edge to the dark chocolate, licorice, blackberry and bacon flavors that make this especially savory. It tastes like jam, but finishes dry, with superb tannins and fine, mouthwatering acidity. It’s one of the best Petite Sirahs out there. This will age for decades, but enjoy it over the next several years for its fruity freshness.
Big, rich, thick, showing all the hallmarks of a wine that means business. Very great from a Petite Sirah point of view, massively constructed in blackberries, cherries, blueberries, anise, coffee, cocoa and spices, with firm, rich tannins, and the briary, slightly rustic mouthfeel that characterizes the variety. Really good now, with decanting, and should develop…
Very dry and tannic, as Petite Sirah should be. But unlike many “Pets,” it’s also balanced and elegant. The official alcohol is only 13.5%, yet there’s not a trace of greenness. In fact, the wine, which has plenty of French oak, is quite rich in blackberry and black currant flavors. Really a superb example, a Petite Sirah for Cabernet fans. Should evolve…
This is a tremendous wine, and a hugely enjoyable one from the point of view of power and authority combined with balance. It just detonates on the palate with the deepest flavors of currants and black pepper, yet the huge structure of the tannins, and extreme dryness, make it elegant. Andthere’s no trace of heat. Should age gracefully for many years.
From a winery long associated with Petite Sirah. Deeply colored and absolutely terrific. The aromas include blackberries, smoked meat, nutmeg, white pepper and candied fruits. Flavors are huge, and run to the ripest berries. Tannins are considerable-this wine requires aging.