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.
Grgich Hills 2016 Miljenkos Selection Petite Sirah
94 points
$65
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pomegranate, violet, cocoa butter, compressed watermelon, vanilla, and basil with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of rosemary with light oak flavor. A dense and tannic wine with lifted and lively aromatics the balance and satisfy; a stylish pairing for grilled meats.
Brecon Estate 2018  Petite Sirah
93 points
$58
Black violet color. Aromas of berry compote with creme anglaise and nuts in dark chocolate with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a silky, distinctive, long hibiscus, black tea, and hints of dried mango finish with light oak flavor. A rich and flavorful Petite Sirah for lovers of bold, fruity, grippy wines.
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.
Akash Winery 2017  Petite Sirah
92 points
$59
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of Damson plum, ripe raspberry, fine tobacco, hints of dark chocolate, purple flowers, sun dried tomato, and Chinese five spice with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish with notes of rooibos tea and hibiscus with a suggestion of oak flavor. Alluring aromas welcome the imbiber to the glass in this concentrated and stylish Petite Sirah.
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.