Sunday, December 23, 2012

Petite Syrah/Sirah/Durif Wines

Petite Syrah/Sirah/Durif Wines suffer from confusion, so here's Dennis Fife, Our "Professor" of Petite Sirah / Petite Syrah-Durif to teach Class 101 of this varietal.
My small contribution is the finding (in NH), tasting, reviewing and listing of some of these wines.
For example, Stag's Leap Petite Syrah is one of the few great and widely know of this varietal, and since early (2010) in my wine tasting trek I stumbled upon this great wine, I wanted to explore further, but was hindered by availability, and the quality was often disappointing.
Here's an excellent example of what you might find in a good Petite Sirah: Vinogirl discovers a 20 year-old Markham

Bogle 2007 Petite Sirah, $10.99-$12.99, 89 points
Bogle 2010 Pitite Sirah, $10.99-$13.99, 87 points
Brady Vineyard Paso Robles 2015 Petite Sirah, $19.79-$21.99, 91 points
Castle Rock Russian River Valley 2007 Petite Sirah, $10.99, 83 points
Chronic Cellars Paso Robles "Suite Petite" 2014 Red Wine, $14.99-$24.99, 86+ points
Clayhouse Estate Grown . Paso Robles . Red Cedar Vineyard . Show Pony 2007 Petite Sirah, $34.84-$40.99, 91 points
Clayhouse Red Cedar Vineyard Paso Robles 2009 Petite Sirah, $18.74-$24.99, 92 points
Concannon Central Coast Limited Release 2006 Petite Syrah, $6.00-$12.00, 85 points
Dark Horse California 2015 Petite Sirah, $4.49-$10.99, 86 points
EOS Estate Winery Paso Robles 2009 Petite Sirah, $6.79-$14.99, 90 points
Fleur 2006 Petite Syrah, $14.00, 86 points
Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Plum Label 2007 Petite Sirah, $14.99-$17.99, 86 points
green truck mendocino county 2009 petite sirah, $12.99-$14.99, 86, points
HandCraft Artisan Collection 2013 Petite Sirah, $5.89-$9.99, 89 points
Hewitson 2012 Petite Sirah, $35, 86+ points (Australia)
Madrigal Napa Valley 2010 Petite Sirah, $23.99-$31.99, 88 points
Matchbook Estate Bottled 2016 Petite Sirah, $5.29-$6.99, 88 points
Mega Petite 2014 Petite Sirah, $8.49-$18.99, 86 points
Michael-David Vineyards 2008 Petite Petit Syrah-Verdot ($16.99-$22.99, 87 points)
Neal Napa Valley Rutherford Dust Vineyards 2006 Petite Syrah, $30.59-$37.99, 88 points
Parducci Mendocino County 2006 Petite Sirah, $10.99-$12.99, 84+ points
red truck california 2006 petite sirah, $9.00-$14.99, 88 points
Ridge Lytton Estates 2013 Petite Sirah, $25.49-$29.99, 92 points
Ridge Lytton Estates 2015 Petite Sirah, $33.14-$38.99, 92 points
Sebastiani 2011 Americano Petite Sirah, $15.29-$17.99, 87 points
Shannon Ridge Lake County 2010 Petite Sirah, $8.49-$22.99, 89 points
Spellbound 2008 Petite Sirah, $10.19-$15.99, 87 points
Stags' Leap 2006 Petite Syrah, $31.99, 93 points
Stags' Leap 2013 Petite Syrah, $33.99-$44.99, 93 points
Stags' Leap 2013 Petite Syrah (revisited), $33.94-$46.99, 92 points
Stags' Leap 2014 Petite Syrah, $37.10-$46.99, 92 points
T-Vine Napa Valley 2012 Petite Sirah, $12.74-$35.99, 88+ points
Vina Robles Estate Paso Robles 2013 Petite Sirah, $10.19-$24.99, 92 points


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  1. As a huge fan of Petite Sirah, I can't help but chime in.

    Castle Rock - I'll take Bud Light, please. The whole line, in my opinion, isn't very good, but I'll admit that I'm glad to see it at weddings. It's usually much, much worse. I wish I were kidding.

    Bogle - mass produced, yet pretty good overall. In fact, their PS is one that I've recommended for friends that are looking for an inexpensive, big wine that they can pick up at a grocery store that sports an impressive OPR. I do love Bogle's Phantom & while it's been a while since I picked it up, I believe its availabilty is rather limited. I'll make a mental note to look into that one. On this one, Bud Light would probably lose.

    Clayhouse - love their wines, in general. (Duh, Paso.) Wonderful tasting room, too. In fact, I believe I might have the very same bottle here right now that I picked up there about a year ago. Hey, I'm lucky to have time to read anything these days, so I'm not going to get up to look. Anyway, I'm not sure we can get a lot of their wines here, & that does make me sad. I do still consider them to be a smaller producer, therefore their single vineyards are treasures. In other words, Bud Light doesn't stand a chance.

    Ok, that was a fun little comparison. =P

    I've been running into a lot of solid, inexpensive Petite Sirahs out of Lodi as of late. I'm also a fan of Spellbound.

    1. Claire, thanks for your welcome thoughts which are always straight and to the point. My limited tasting experience with PS needs a lot fine-tuning, but I'm still mostly a Stag's Leap fan; however, consider the price.