Syrah

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

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  • France

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

  • California

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

  • 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

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

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Syrah on Snooth

  • Chateau Maris Natural Selection Biodynamic Syrah 2010

    Snoothrank:

    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 ta as well but it smell decidedly ripe. Downright voluptuous in the mouth, this is soft and seamless with ripe tannins and integrated acid... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • WW, take Outthere's advice very seriously.  He lives close to Napa ... Robin Akhurst's Apsara Syrah in a local retail store down here in So Cal.  65 cases of this wine were made.  I snapped up several bottles of it because Outthere has never steered me wrong.  I can report that it is a terrific wine.  I'm going to have another of his recommend... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Birthday trip to Napa


  • Thanks, Greg, I was hoping someone would correct me with my stab about ... ... ... onSmoke, Meat Aromas in Syrah?might also be a bit about Brett.  ;-) Regarding your last paragraph just above, that was my guess, too. Not sure about your second one, though.  ;-)  ; Read More

    Forum post in the topic A purposely 'bretted' wine?


  • Welcome to the Forum WW.  Of the wineries that you listed as tentative ... be able to find things like Syrah, Sangiovese, Riesling or Zinfandel at one or the other of these.  Now I'm going to share my prejudice.  Of the three, my favorite is Keenan for a couple reasons.  I like the simple very casual approach to their tasting room.  The tastin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Birthday trip to Napa


  • Hello all! This forum and website has been very helpful to me since I found it last year, I'm glad to finally join. I will be taking my first trip to Napa in June for my birthday with a couple of friends! I will be looking for unique and/or big, oaky red and white wines on a budget.We will be staying at the Old World Inn, and tentatively have vi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Birthday trip to Napa


  • OT, isn't Cuddly Snark a Scotch?  Don't worry Richard, I'm ... ... I grabbed four (two syrah, and two merlot).  I was ecstatic!  I'll be opening a couple over the Easter weekend.  What's better is that I still had $125 in my pocket from returning the scrap copper yesterday, so I only had to cough up a few more dollars.  It was divine interven... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Eager to learn all about wine


  • Dreaming Tree Crush Red Blend 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by missgldelx


  • Fox, just had a Bieler rose about two weeks ago.  It was very nice for the ... ... Crios de Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda and the night before we enjoyed a 2011 Hillinger Zweigel Read More

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  • Well, here's an interesting possibility from down under. Dead ringer for Cote Rotie, you say?  And $50?  Positively a bargain.If anyone wants to try it, I'll pick it up.  Or maybe I'll sneak it in as a ringer. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Good discussion starting here, though maybe better over in that odds-bin animated corpse thread.Chapoutier I have avoided, too, for years now. Just thought it might be an interesting style for comparison, not like France and not typically Oz (thus a 3rd bottle rather than a first or second). The Oz discussion could go on for hours since perhaps ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • 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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