With almost all of our recent discussions of Syrah, the topic has eventually turned to the ageability. If the question is does Syrah age, the answer is of course. However, Syrah’s answer is more conditional than most. Allow me to explain by using a set of wines tasted last night to illustrate!

First, lets take a look at what was tasted:


1988 Edmunds St John Sonoma Syrah
1988 Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde
1994 Columbia Crest Reserve Syrah
1994 Swanson Napa Valley Syrah
1995 Delas Bessards Hermitage
1995 Charles Melton Barossa Shiraz
1996 Columbia Winery Red Willow Vineyard Syrah
1996 Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage