Petit Sirah

  (peh-TEAT sear-RAH)
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

Characteristics:

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

Cheese Pairings:
Mild, medium or smoked Cheddar, Edam, Glouchester, Manchego, Muenster, Provolone (aged), Parmesan, Pecorino, Roncal, Smoked Gouda.