The "petite" in the name of this grape refers to the size of its berries, which is particularly vigorous. The grape forms tightly packed clusters. The small berries create a high skin to juice ratio, which can produce very tannic and bold wines. Petite sirah is known for having a full body and balanced, but high, tannins and acidity. Petite sirah has a somewhat short finish, but its robust structure means that reserve petite sirah can age for decades. Examples aged in oak barrels in the Bordeaux style can have flavors of vanilla and mocha. Tasting notes for petite sirah include: blueberry, plum, blackberry, dark chocolate, espresso, black pepper.