Synonyms: Durif, Petite Syrah (but not the same as Petite Syrah in northern Rhône)
Wine Name: Durif, Petit Sirah, Petite Sirah, Petite Syrah (again, not the same as Petite Syrah in northern Rhône)
Background: Petit Sirah is almost exclusively a California grape although originally it was from France. It produces deep purple, tannic wines that have a savory almost meaty character. Traditionally it has been used as a blending grape for Zinfandel based wines to add earthiness and color, but it can be made as a varietal on its own as well. It is sometimes confused with Durif and its parents, Syrah and Peloursin. This is often a very pleasant, undervalued wine.
Classic Brands and Sources: Robert Biale, Bogle, Chiarello Family, Concannon, Coppola, Greg Norman, J Rickard
|Style #1 – typical
Body – full
Acidity – medium
Sweetness – dry
Tannins – medium (+)
Wine and food pairing guidelines:
Pairs well meats that are roasted or smoked and dishes with hearty sauces slightly acidic
Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
Beef, lamb, game, chicken, turkey, veal or pork grilled, roasted or smoked, barbeque, chili, cold cuts, hamburgers, meatloaf, Mexican food, sausages, mushrooms, cheese based pasta, risotto
Mild, medium or smoked Cheddar, Edam, Glouchester, Manchego, Muenster, Provolone (aged), Parmesan, Pecorino, Roncal, Smoked Gouda.