About Petite Sirah Red Wine

About Petite Sirah Red Wine
Petite Sirah, which is also spelled as Petite Syrah (or even Petit Sirah) is a California red wine with deep color, rich tannins and a good deal of spice. While a few medium and larger-sized producers in California make Petite Sirah, most examples are from smaller artisan producers. These vintners often emphasize the chocolate and plum flavors as well as the chewy tannins.

Top Picks for Petite Sirah

San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve Petite Sirah
95 points
$28
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, blistered berries, hazelnut, sticky date pudding, toffee, and gardenia with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, long finish with notes of smoke with grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dense petite Syrah that offers a full spectrum of flavors in a balanced, concentrated package.
Jacob Franklin 2015 Leeds and Pesch Vineyard Petite Sirah
93 points
$45
Black ruby color. Complex aromas and flavors of spiced orange tea, grilled ginger, sandalwood, peppermint, blackberry yogurt, and cola with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, long finish with notes of graham cracker crust with moderate oak flavor. A spicy, fruit-forward Petite Sirah that’s complex and lengthy; drink this stylish wine now or cellar.
Jacob Franklin 2017 Frediani Vineyard Petite Sirah
93 points
$50
Nearly opaque black violet color. Aromas and flavors of tobacco, dark chocolate, spiced walnuts, birch, and black tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, intricate, long finish displaying overtones of rosewood and cherry cola. A bold and unique Petite Sirah with distinctive oak notes that captivate.
Crux Winery 2014  Petite Sirah
93 points
$45
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of wild raspberry, blackberry, roasted figs and dates, candied violet petals, and dark chocolate with a round, vibrant, fruity full body and a complex, long finish with accents of rose petal and coconut with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and well-integrated Petite Syrah that is drinking very well now and will stand the test of time.
Bogle 2016 50th Anniversary Reserve Petite Sirah
93 points
$42
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas of polished oak, ripe strawberry, and peach melba with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length blackberry, savory spices, marjoram, and pickled plum finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Vibrant, succulent fruit marries with stately oak in this well-structured, highly pairable Clarksburg Petite Sirah with bright and intriguing herbal notes; drink through 2028.
Crux Winery 2015  Petite Sirah
92 points
$45
Black garnet color. Aromas of plum pudding with balsamic reduction, roasted strawberries, toasted cinnamon stick, and cacao nibs with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a long heirloom grape jelly, cracked peppercorns, sun dried tomato, and molasses finish. A peppery, spicy Petite Sirah that will pair with all manner of grilled fare; balanced, complex and highly satisfying.
Jacob Franklin 2016 Leeds and Pesch Vineyard Petite Sirah
92 points
$45
Black violet color. Aromas of pomegranate, rose hips, and milk chocolate with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, long candied nuts and orange peel, coconut macaroon, dried cranberry, spice cake, apricot chutney, and tobacco finish. A decadent and luxurious Petite Sirah with craveable notes of fruit, spice, and toasty tobacco.
Jacob Franklin 2014 Hayne Vineyard Petite Sirah
92 points
$50
Black violet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon, licorice, salumi, saffron, and rose petal with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, epic, very long finish that presents notes of pomegranate, chocolate, fig vinaigrette, cumin, and pepper with moderate oak flavor. A one-of-a-kind Napa Valley Petite Sirah with distinctive spice flavors that will become the centerpiece of the meal.
Pillsbury Wine Company 2016 Special Reserve Petite Sirah
92 points
$55
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of tar, plum tart, vanilla-caramel, black pepper, sage, and incense with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, engaging, medium-long finish with notes of chocolate ganache, red velvet cake, and coconut with light oak flavor. A peppery, spicy Petite Sirah that will find a match with grilled lamb.
Gordon Estate 2016 Hands-on Estate Grown Petite Sirah
92 points
$59.99
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of wild blueberry, fresh bouquet, thyme, juniper, and violet with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of coconut cream with firm tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. This is most definitely Colombia Valley’s Petite Sirah; fresh mountain fruit, delicate herbs, and juicy appeal.
92 points $59.99