WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Full,
Acid - Moderate,
Tannin - High,
Alcohol - Medium to High.

Tastes Like: Blackberries, Blueberries, Plums, Black pepper, Leather, Chocolate

Durif, also known as Petite Sirah in the United States, is a grape variety renowned for its deep color, bold flavors, and robust structure. Originating in France, this variety has found a new home in several wine regions around the world, offering wine enthusiasts a unique and powerful tasting experience.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Primary Flavours & Aromas

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler climates, Durif can retain more acidity and produce wines with a more pronounced structure and refined fruit flavors.

Warm/Hot Climate: In warmer climates, the grape develops richer, more concentrated fruit flavors with softer acidity. Durif generally ripens well in warmer climates, which enhances its bold characteristics.

Appellations / Producers of Note

While Durif originated in France, it is now predominantly grown in California and Australia. Notable regions include California’s Napa Valley and Central Coast, as well as Victoria and New South Wales in Australia.


Durif is powerful and enjoyable when young, offering vibrant fruit and strong tannins.

First Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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