Syrah

Parentage: Offspring of Dureza & Mondeuse Blanche
Aliases: Shiraz, Hermitage, Antourenein Noir, Candive, Marsanne Noir...
Grape Color: Black
Regions: Rhone (France), California AVAs, Australia
Type(s) of Wine the Grape Produces:

Syrah. Shiraz. Sirac. Schiras. Marsanne Noir. The names can go on endlessly to describe one of the most powerful red wine-producing grapes in the world.

The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest rooted history lies in the Rhone region of Southwestern France, as the wines that made this varietal famous were from hermitage, located in northern Rhone. The name “Shiraz,” however, gained popularity in Australia where this dark-skinned varietal has long been heavily planted. The birthplace of Syrah is still unknown, with many legends linking together both its aliases, suggesting origins in Iran, Rhone, and Australia.

Syrah is used primarily for producing strong red wines Read more »

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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Chile

    Winemaking was first introduced to Chile by Spanish settlers in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • South Africa

      The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company establish...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Northern Rhône

      The northern Rhone is a section of the river of the same name in the southeast of France. ...

  • South Australia

    South Australia is the strong arm of the Australia wine industry, where the majority of the cou...

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  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Rex Goliath

    At age 70, I have had at least 50 yrs. of a glass of wine after my evening meals. Just recently,...

  • 3 Blind Moose

    Truth be told, the moose aren’t blind. They just think it’s cool to share good wine with friends,...

  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

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Syrah on Snooth

  • Greg, think he must've been practicing for his Sonoma pemmican mix: some of ... ... and vinegarized leftover syrah from the potlatch, most likely. Reduced, cooled, smoked and dried. Pack it away with his snowshoes for when he heads up DV's way to do the Canuck wine trail.Or else he was trying a Russian take on a Cumberland sauce? ;-)  JD, you h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I was right, Taste of Sonoma was a cattle call. The gates opened at 11:00, we ... we ... was pouring the Syrah Grenache blend on Friday night at Coppola and it was my WOTN. Savory nose, dark, structured and layered. The RRV Zin was easy drinking, medium bodied with nice lift. The Rocky Knoll is just that, grown on almost solid rock. Interplan... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Wine Country Weekend


  • Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz 2005

    Snoothrank:

    This was the 2012.Had it at lunch at a restaurant. Rather disappointing, seemed like the bottle had set out too long - a rather bitter alcohol burn to it. Will try a full bottle sometime. Supposedly this is a great vintage year. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Stolpman Syrah "Originals" Santa Ynez Valley 2008

    Snoothrank:

    Woody, somewhat fruityberriesnose. Whoapractically, no fruit to speak of on introduction to the palatealmost a neutral sensation. Some tartnessreminiscent of plumon the edges of the tongue, then something of a hit of tannin. Interestingly, most of the flavor of this on is way in the back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Went to the Sonoma Starlight event this evening at Coppola. Fun event. Lots of ... his Limerick Lane Grenache/Syrah blend, damn good. Good times.The '12 Trentadue Estate Cab was quite tasty as well. Tomorrow at MacMurray will be a cattle call. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Wine Country Weekend


  • It's upon us, Labor Day weekend. This year we are doing a Friday Night event at Francis Ford Coppola in Geyserville in addition to the Taste of Sonoma on Saturday at MacMurray Ranch. Anyone going except me? NG? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Wine Country Weekend


  • Call me shallow but you list me at Chile. :/$100+ for a Chilean Syrah, am I reading this correct? Read More

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  • Cotes du Rhone. It’s a surprisingly well known wine in a world where the ... ... Minervois 13.5% $1240% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 20% MourvedreUpslope Wines NYC A bit smoky on first whiff with slightly spicy and earthy aromas of cherry and date fruit on the nose.  Big on entry and moderately firm with fine backing acids and rounded tannins lending... Read More

    From the article Cotes Du Rhone in 2014


  • M. Chapoutier Grenache Blend Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour Domaine de Bila-Haut Vignes Bila 2010

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    This is a very nice Rhone blend of syrah, grenache and carignan. Very well balanced with the blackberry and dark red cherry from the syrah coming to the forefront. This has soft, fine tannins, decent acidity, a touch of earthiness and a medium length finish. Excellent QPR! Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Château d'Anglès la Clape Classique 2009

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    This unrecognized "cru" from Languedoc is a steal (if you are so fortunate as to find it). The bouquet is heavily influenced by the non-Grenache components - there is coffee, wild black current, a hint of chocolate candy - and the palate is pushed by a solid tannic structure with red currant and cherry on the finish with that ubiquitous coffee.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Que Syrah, Syrah....A bold mouthful of mashed black fruit that dries out on the palate leaving a blanket of spiced wood to wrap around a forkful of rare venison...Nectar of the Gods....

    Comment by 1515747catsmiler 1515747 catsmiler


  • Love the blend of this grape when combined with Grenache.

    Comment by 1491978BinaryOptionsInvestor 1491978 BinaryOptionsInvestor


  • I like the spiciness and boldness of Syrah. I haven't tasted many, but the majority were from California, Russian River Valley. I would like to try a French Syrah. Any recommendations on a rocky and floral wine>?

    Comment by 1270119LaCiCaDa 1270119 LaCiCaDa


  • Is it not the most wonderful grape?!

    Comment by 1119333impartangel 1119333 impartangel


  • went to winery tasting at Restaurante Panorama (worlds largest amount of wine taps) in PHL. Favorite of night was Fattoria di Magliano, Perenzo, IGT, Maremma 2007/2008 (Syrah). only 600 cases produced. $52 at CT store on internet, $70 in PA. WA 91

    Comment by 874700Jon Fricke 874700 Jon Fricke


  • How about the petit syrah's? Used to drink 1974 Paul Mason (?) by the case. Just incredible wine. My husband's Mom would ship it from CA to us in CT.

    Comment by 852075mjc63 852075 mjc63


  • this was a very good wine - absolutely one of the best I have tasted! Syrah!

    Comment by 616061Etfonhom 616061 Etfonhom


  • I have never tried Syrah. Could someone tell me what it is like? Thanks

    Comment by 557447ngshults1 557447 ngshults1


  • Discovered a nice Petit Syrah from Rosenblum Cellers, Heritage series. From the East Bay in California. Very nice, several layers, assertive, but smooth. Affordable at about $15.

    Comment by 552330azjan123 552330 azjan123


  • Take a look over the Syrahs from Mendoza, Argentina. There is o lot of goods surprises.

    Comment by 318469Pecce 318469 Pecce


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