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.
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.
Summit Lake 2013 Sophia Lynn Petite Sirah
93 points
$55
Murky deep purple color. Aromas of blueberry pastry, latex, magnolia and carnation, and lavender with a lightly tannic, lively, full body and an elegant, long pomegranate, watermelon, freshly tanned leather, and black thorn plum finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A luxury leather glove of a Petite Sirah with acid built for the long haul.
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 genache, 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
Berton Vineyards 2017 Metal Label Petite Sirah
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Jammy, herbal aromas and flavors of tangerine-eucalyptus incense, marinated olives, blueberry chutney, and exotic tea in a teak cup with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, captivating, medium-long finish imparting notes of grilled tropical citrus, rosehips, and sandalwood with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. An inky, chewy, mouthfilling savory red that will be great at the table.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Australian Petite Sirah
92 points $14 Best Buy
Maryhill 2016 Kiona Vineyards Petite Sirah
91 points
$42
Black violet color. Aromas of pencil shavings, plump figs and dates, and jerk spices with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long blueberry pie finish with firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. Big oak and sturdy tannins give this wine the oomph it will need to reach its fullest potential in the cellar.
Le Vigne 2016  Petite Sirah
90 points
$26
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas of blackberry jam and raspberry tart with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length dark chocolate, blackened pie crust, and graphite finish with heavy oak flavor. A nice balance of fruit and oak will appeal to lovers of big wine; drink now with rich beef or venison.
Akash Winery 2016  Petite Sirah
90 points
$52
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of black licorice, pressed flowers, ripe cantaloupe, honey, and raisin with a lightly tannic, prickly, dry full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of champagne vinaigrette, sun dried tomato, and coconut. A flamboyant and wildly aromatic Petite Syrah.