Petite Sirah [peh-teet sih-rah]

Definition: A red grape grown in California believed to be related to the durif grape of France. Is not the same grape as syrah, although both wines are similar in flavor and texture..

Grown primarily in: United States

Best Climate: Warm to hot

Winemaking: Generally produces a hearty wine that's capable of aging a while in oak. Sometimes blended with small amounts of zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon.

Nose: Blackberry, currants, spice, herbs

Mouth: Full body, good tannins, low acids, big red wine with a lingering finish.

Note: Used in blending for its depth of color and texture. As a varietal it is often confused with Syrah.

Your Guide to the Varietal Grape

Varietal Facts

Select any varietal on the list below to learn the facts!

Barbera Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Gamay Gamay Beaujolais
Gerwurztraminer Malbec
Merlot Nebbiolo
Petite Sirah Petite Verdot
Pinot Blanc Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc Sangiovese
Semillon Syrah
Viognier Zinfandel