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

    Comment by 557447ngshults1 557447 ngshults1


  • Tablas Creek Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles En Gobelet 2011

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    Fairly nice Rhone blend from Paso's Tablas Creek. The nose was dark berries with a touch of smoke and tar. The palate was a bit subdued and somewhat shutdown. There was some black cherry and ripe black plum along with a bit of cedar. The acidity was decent and the finish a tad short. May have needed some more time to breathe. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Gerard Bertrand Languedoc 2011

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    A bit of French earthiness...just enough to realize terrior. Deeper red color, staying power in the fridge day 2 but power reduced a bit...wondering if it would make it to day 3. Good enough not to find out. A bit dry on the finish...priced at Costco under $10. Recommend Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Ben Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz 2010

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    Wishlist... My thoughts.. With Penfolds Grange 2010 grabbing a 100pt. and 99 and 100 and 98 for me it's a no brainer buy 2010 Barossa Glaetzer Amon Ra. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Back on the syrah bandwagon. Was hoping this was going to be amazing but it is just OK. We picked this up at Talty Winery back in 2012 and it's been resting nicely ever since. Dark ripe berries on the nose with a hint of tobacco. Lots of ripe blackberry, a bit of earthiness, some cola, ripe black cherry and a touch of cedar on the palate. The ac... Read More

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  • Maclaren Wines Maclaren Syrah Judge Family Vineyard 2009

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    Not bad but not great Sonoma (Bennett Valley) syrah. Dark ripe berries on the nose with a hint of tobacco. Lots of ripe blackberry, a bit of earthiness, some cola, ripe black cherry and a touch of cedar on the palate. The acidity is fairly bright but the tannins are a bit short and the finish is of medium length. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • A chunk of Washington wine growing land was just too tempting for one well ... ... ... cab franc and even some syrah and just really high quality clones trying to find the right places for the right varieties and that’s really what we’re all about,” Aquilini President Barry Olivier said in an interview with an Washington NBC affiliate.“This w... Read More

    From the article Canadian Invasion! Hockey Honchos Buy, Develop Washington Land


  • Back home from Cali and just finished unpacking. A bit tired after the Dry ... ... popped, I really love a good syrah.  Having to wind down a bit and after all that zin, syrah and petite sirah, we opened this Mendocino white blend from Navarro. Nothing fancy or expensive but somewhat aromatic, tasty and refreshing.&nbs Read More

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  • Leftover Zin and Syrah. Thanks vinOvinO! Read More

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  • Some cultures believe a photograph steals your soul. For a group of vintners in ... like cabernet sauvignon and syrah to help them make more reliable decisions on when to separate the juice from skins and stems, and how to behind to achieve consistent structure in successive vintages,” the article said.  The two factors – bound color and phenol... Read More

    From the article Winemakers Use Technology To Photograph Wine's "Soul"


  • Limerick Lane '12 Estate Zinfandel'11 Head Pruned Syrah Read More

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  • I'm searching to purchase bottles of Rosemount Sharaz 1998, wher can I find it? Thank you. Joe jabmechanical@gmail.com

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  • The USA has been starved of "REAL" Australian Shiraz, We built our name on Family wineries, Single Vineyard Estate Wines. Not these commodities. there are Great Australian wines available , just a little harder to find

    Comment by 1468912GAWC 1468912 GAWC


  • 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


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