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Petite Sirah Wine Varietal Definition

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A grape with a checkered history in the U.S. First brought to the continent in the nineteenth century as Syrah (the great red grape of France’s Rhône Valley), later clones were identified as Durif, a minor red variety of the Rhône. Recent DNA mapping technologies in California indicate that various varietals are among those grapes identified as Petite Sirah. Depending upon a given vineyard’s location and age, various clones of Durif, Peloursin, Mondeuse, Grenache, Zinfandel, Carignane and Syrah may be present. In practice, the so-called Petite Sirah generally produces wines of deep red color and lusty character that require aging.

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(Updated: 06/17/11 JC)

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