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Durif / Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah, also known as Durif is a minor red but with a fan club - called ‘P.S. I Love You’. These US-based enthusiasts concede Petite Sirah arrived there by mistake - originally imported due to physical similarity with the grape’s ‘noble’ parent, Syrah - but are convinced of the offspring’s qualities. Being a small, thick-skinned variety it has Syrah’s age-worthy tannins but not its restraint, offering less refinement but more vibrant blackberry/blueberry and a much more silky, mouth-filling appeal. Also named Durif after the 19 Century French grower who identified this Syrah/Peloursin cross, the confusing spelling ‘Sirah’ distinguishes it from Petite Syrah (a straight Syrah clone with smaller berries). Virtually all Durif/Petite Sirah now makes richly fruited New World wines, notably in North and South America, Australia and Israel. 

Durif / Petite Sirah

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  1. 2013 Bogle Californian Petite Sirah

    2013 Bogle Californian Petite Sirah

    90 Points Decanter
    Beautifully lush with silky black fruits and spice, this is classic Petite Sirah (aka Durif) from a great, old school producer. Unashamedly big and bold yet generous and easy, if you haven't ...
    Elsewhere up to $26.99 Save $5 $21.99 a bottle
  2. 2014 Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah

    2014 Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah

    95 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A high-end example of the rich Petite Sirah grape, bestowed on us by truly legendary American producers, Ridge. This wine amplifies the plush black and blue fruit that can make this rare variety ...
    Elsewhere up to $59.99 Save $5 $54.99 a bottle

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