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


  • Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Shiraz 2013

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    Ruby/Purple coloration and with gorgeous legs, this has a rich, vibrant look that showcases the goodness to come! Aromas of whisky, toasty vanilla, dark chocolate, black coffee hints and deep, ripe berries. The flavors follow suit with added spicy zest and the mouthfeel is of velvety cream, slight booziness and warm richness. Awesome!! Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • I think they do some excellent GSMs.  Hewiston, d'Arenberg, Wira Wira, Pillar Box - the list goes on. Read More

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  • JD - Agreed Read More

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  • Re: Cab/Syrah blends, do we agree that Washington is the biggest culprit here?Have had some real nasty ones from WA State. Read More

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  • Don't underestimate Australia's capacity for producing the truly execrable blend, either. Read More

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  • I've had so many nasty Cabernet-Shiraz blends, mostly from down under, that I'm very wary of them these days. I understand the history, even in France, but too many green, stemmy, gaggy, hot, listing-in-the-wrong-direction monstrosities have really been nothing but downers. Read More

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  • Grange is very good, without a doubt, and sometimes even worth the money. But ... the be all and end all of syrah.I have to agree with this. No way am I disparaging it, but when we've put it into blind tastings, it's frequently failed to live up to it's billing. In that way it's like Opus One in a sense - very good wine, even better reputation... Read More

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  • Domaine Grand Nicolet Cotes-du-Rhone 2011

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    The 2011 Grand Nicolet CdR is a fine, succulent - even slightly sweet Grenache Noir-based wine sourced through Marquis Wines (Vancouver BC) about 2-3 years back. These wines would go well with the younger set; they have gobs of damson plum, dark cherry and eucalyptus on the palate and sugarplum on the nose. Quite typical, though quality is a n... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Bernard Faurie Hermitage Bessards/Meal 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... concern and is 100% old vine syrah and the gold coloured cap on the bottle indicates it is fromthe Bessards and Meal vineyards.I started my bottle last night with my supper of bacon and mushroom stew and I did enjoy it..There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and blackberry style fruit there with... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • The Beach House Red Blend 2013

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    Fruit forward and with hints of spice, this is a fresh take on what I would consider to be a rich, deep red. The coloration is dark red/burgundy with purple hues. Aromas and flavors that border in between dark berry/cherry, blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry, along with subtle hints of pepper to just hit the nostrils and palate with some ze... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


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

    Comment by 1807919bisig8716 1807919 bisig8716


  • 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.

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  • 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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