Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah is not a small grape nor is it a Syrah. It is a dark colored, full-bodied grape varietal. Although sometimes found in blends, the unique micro-climate and soil conditions at Allora Vineyards are ideal for growing Petite Sirah.


Vintage: 2015

Harvest Notes

Problem free harvest that produced clean, healthy grapes resulting in high-quality wines despite the drought and a very small crop with a little uneven ripening. Picking ended in October.

Blend: 97% Petite Sirah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2014

Harvest Notes

A dream vintage, with high quality throughout. Drought conditions and small crop size did prove to be minor irritants. Everything was ready to pick in mid-August.

Tasting Notes

The aromas of this unique wine are of wild currants and raisins resonating with hints of black pepper. It is a remarkable balance of intense dark color and a memorable finish.

Blend: 95% Petite Sirah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2013

Harvest Notes

An ideal growing season with dry conditions and a long, sunny summer. Despite being a drought year it is worthy to be called superior.

Tasting Notes

This wine displays flavors of wild anise and currant with subtle hints of black pepper. It is outstanding because of its intense inky color and juicy, bold finish

Blend: 89% Petite Sirah, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2012

Harvest Notes

An ideal season with no frosts, a mild spring and summer and a tranquil fall. We are elated by the quality and quantity of the 2012 harvest. There is a level of excellence that supersedes past vintages, going back decades.

Tasting Notes

A visual spectacle of rich, exuberant black fruit. Hints of orange peel, smoke, mint and licorice add depth in abundance. This Petite Sirah is loaded with personality.

Blend: 90% Petite Sirah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2011

Harvest Notes

A cold, wet spring, a late fruit set, a mild summer and a harvest that dragged on into November, bedeviled by rain. We were able to salvage the season by picking the entire vineyard in one day.

Tasting Notes

A dark purple and burgundy color yield to aromas of red currant, cedar, sweet cherry pie, black liquorice and tabacco, ending with a bold and round texture and a bright, long finish.

Blend: 100% Petite Sirah

Vintage: 2010

Harvest Notes

The growing season began cool and wet and delayed harvest drastically. A late August heat wave sent the temperatures from the mid-70s to 110. Careful observance was a must!

Tasting Notes

This peppery wine has aromas of dried figs and hints of blackberries and coffe. It pairs well with grilled meats, BBQ, and spiced dishes.

Blend: 80% Petite Sirah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2009

Harvest Notes

Things went fairly smoothly and grapes were picked at optimal ripening levels, capping a summer of mild, steady weather. We were excited about the young wine's color, flavor, acids and tannins.

Tasting Notes

This Petite Sirah is a deep and spicy wine with lots of layers. It is dark and rich and pairs well with Lamb and chili.

Blend: 97% Petite Sirah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2008

Harvest Notes

Drought preceded a hard frost, which led to an uneven set and a small crop, but after that it was smooth sailing ending in great relief.

Tasting Notes

Layer upon layer of complexity and richness with an almost-black color reveals a deep, intriguing nature. It ages incredibly well while being deliciously drinkable now.

Blend: 86% Petite Sirah, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2007

Harvest Notes

Cold winter grew into warmer spring bringing early budding, bloom and set in the vineyards. A heat spike boosted the sugar development that complemented the excellent acid structures.

Tasting Notes

Plums, wild cherries, olives, grilled herbs, scorched earth, licorice and new leather jump from the glass. A powerful, rich wine both polished and subtle.

Blend: 97% Petite Sirah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2006

Harvest Notes

One of the top vintages of the decade but not one where "the wines make themselves". A cool, wet spring led to slow ripening while heat spikes in July caused worry of sunburn resulting in an expensive farming year.

Tasting Notes

Powerful vivid blueberry and blackberry notes at the core. Espresso, mesquite, graphite, spice box and gingerbread flavors are an intriguing combination, finishing smoothly.

Blend: 90% Petite Sirah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2005

Harvest Notes

Predictions abounded that it could be one of Napa's finest vintages. Cool weather prevailed and harvest came very late but was nearly perfect. Extended hang time allowed for great flavor and bountiful harvest.

Tasting Notes

Fragrant violet, mineral and licorice notes are full of personality, with full-bodied tannins and smoky espresso. Dark and rich, with flavors that persist through the finish.

Blend: 97% Petite Sirah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2004

Harvest Notes

Short and sweet summarizes the 2004 vintage. The harvest was early, the crop was small and the grapes ripened well.

Tasting Notes

Deep and ruby red in color welcoming a seductive blend of blackberry, licorice and cloves to entice the palate. Graceful yet powerful, supported by fresh acidity.

Blend: 95% Petite Sirah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2002

Harvest Notes

A long ideal growing season with warm days and cool to even cold nights yielding a balanced crop with intense colors and concentrated fruit flavors.

Tasting Notes

Rich flavors of black fruit, ripe plum, black tea, the wine has a voluptuous body while spice continues through the long, drawn-out finish.

Blend: 93% Petite Sirah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon