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...

  • France

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

  • Chile

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

  • Northern Rhône

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

  • Australia

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

  • Sonoma County

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

  • South Australia

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

  • USA

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

  • South Africa

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

Popular Wineries using Syrah

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • Dumol Wine Company

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

  • Canyon Road Winery

    Inspired by the scenic roads that wander through California’s stunning wine country, Rafael Jofre...

  • Arrow Creek

    Arrow Creek wines capture the spirit of California – the freedom of open spaces, the rustic outdo...

  • Livingston Cellars

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

  • 3 Blind Moose

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

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Syrah on Snooth

  • DVOGLER, that is a great idea!  I have never thought of trying that.  ... Leap Petite Syrah that I think I'll open.What will you be drinking this weekend? Have a good day and a wonderful weekend! Je Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hi there!I'm very excited to learn about Snooth learning from all of you.  I have a real love for wine (and cheese!)- food in general.  Reds are my favorite- particularly Cabs, Cab Francs, Malbecs, Tempranillos....I've had to be very choosy when I drink them for a long while now because of migraines.In the summer I like whites.  I live in Atlant... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2010

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    A gift from a friend.. I like it.... Very drinkable inexpensive table wine.. Strawberry..cowboyish... Good. Read More

    Wine review by robfohl


  • So you want to celebrate Earth Day do you? And what better way than with an ... Natural Selection Biodynamic Syrah Minervois 14.5% $15 Handfuls of fresh earth meet dried bay leaves and deep pools of blackberry fruit on the nose with just a suggestion of mintiness adding a touch of freshness. Theres some raw beef aromas to this and streaks of t... Read More

    From the article Organic and Under $15


  • and California? That was my only other epiphany...a 2002 Shafer Hillside. I suppose a 2005 SQN Syrah was the next closest thing.Zuf, I got it from a retailer that specializes in such things, shipped just days beforehand. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo


  • Parsons Flat Cabernet-Shiraz Blend Padthaway Shiraz Cabernet 2004

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... blend of 70% shiraz [called syrah in other parts of the world ] and 30% cabernet sauvignon which has been aged in oak barrels.I opened my bottle last night as an accompaniment to my supper of beef stew and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of blackcurrant,blackberry,cherry and licorice style f... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • D'Arenberg Vintage Fortified Shiraz 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Easter dinner...Started with a BC Syrah, then a New Zealand blend (my wine buddy was there in 2009 and picked it up) followed by (his pick from my fridge) a 1999 Barolo.  The Barolo could have easily gone five or ten more years, still tannic and not nearly a nice brick-red.  The New Zealand was the winner. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • It being earth day tomorrow I thought this would be a fine time to explore ... ... ... a touch of Mourvedre and Syrah, this wine has a beautiful nose of dried strawberry, fresh raspberry and cherry pie.  Overtones of black pepper and savory spice notes followed by silky tannins provide structure and density on this wine. Robert Sinskey Vineyar... Read More

    From the article Organic for Earth Day?


  • Arabella Shiraz 2013

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    This was a miss the first time. Nice enough but not what I expected. Perhaps I did not get the right temp or let it breathe properly. I will try again later and if I change my mind I will revise. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • 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


  • I have been growing Syrah in California for 24 years and I have come to love cool climate Syrah such as Radio Coteau's Cherry Camp. The vineyard is planted on a ridge to the east of Occidental California. The 2005 wine is remarkable in its peppery black cherry aroma, smooth in the mouth and great finish. Another great cool area is Bennett Va...

    Comment by 427573doctordirt 427573 doctordirt


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