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. 2014 Bogle Californian Petite Sirah

    2014 Bogle Californian Petite Sirah

    90 Points Richard Caro
    Beautifully lush with silky blue-black fruits and spice, this is a classic Petite Sirah (aka Durif) from an old school California producer. Unashamedly big and bold yet generous and easy, if you ...
    Elsewhere up to $26.99 Save $5 $21.99 a bottle
  2. 2015 Kalleske Buckboard Durif

    2015 Kalleske Buckboard Durif

    93 Points John Caro
    A hedonistic yet serious red made from Durif (aka Petite Sirah), this is organic and deeply satisfying stuff. Lush black and blue fruits hit the palate in waves, while the grape's Syrah ...
    Elsewhere up to $39.99 Save $3 $36.99 a bottle

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