Petite Sirah’s small berries result in well-structured wines with dark color, firm tannins and good acidity that allow for years of aging. In addition to black fruit flavors, Petite Sirah often displays strong black pepper, bacon, brown sugar and anise flavors. Similar to Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah has the potential to result in fairly simple and vinous wines and is often used as a blending wine to provide additional structure and color to softer, less structured wines.
In an attempt to promote, educate, and legitimize Petite Sirah as a noble varietal, with a special emphasis on its terroir uniqueness, a group of Petite Sirah advocates created P.S. I Love You, a Petite Sirah Advocacy Group ( http://www.psiloveyou.org ).
Petite Sirah Articles:
- Petite sirah: The not-so-little wine - November 19, 2015 at Napa Valley Register
- Neither Petite nor Syrah…Petite Sirah - July 03, 2013 at Wine, Wit, and Wisdom
- Napa Valley’s Petite Conversion - January 24, 2013 at Wine & Spirits
- Petite Sirah: Stealth Grape Approaching Its Moment? - August 28, 2012 at RJonWine.com