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

  • Wolff Vineyards Syrah Edna Valley 2012


    Most identifiable aroma on the nose is cherry. On the tongue, though, that cherry is not overpowering. It does seem to have a jammy characteristic, but that is a sense more than a sensationI dont get the allusion of sweetness. In fact, this wine is bone dry. Some earthiness. Easy on the tannin. Sufficient acid to make me want to sip again. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Can we talk about "gaminess" in wine for a second?  It's ... ... gamy notes in Mourvedre, Syrah, Petite Syrah the most.  They can be found in Cabernet, Tempranillo somewhat.  Pretty rarely would I describe Pinot, Sangio (except old Brunello), or Nebbiolo with that term.  I'm not exhaustively going through all the grapes that get put in the win... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • NG stole my reco for Lafond.  I've mentioned elsewhere that I like their Syrah (or maybe that was just over a glass with GdP, my memory is unreliable on these things lately).  About two weeks ago, a co-worker who felt she owed me a favor was on vacation in SB and went to the tasting room right there in downtown SB and brought back a bottle of th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wineries and wines in...

  • The effects of global warming have already caught the attention of the ... ... wine producer, is home to Syrah vines. There has also been talk that winemakers want to plant Cabernet Sauvignon, the legendary warm-weather champ.  But the adjustments aren't stopping there – winemakers are taking a cue from Southern France and planting Merlot, too... Read More

    From the article Warmer Climate Not a Bad Omen for Swiss Winemakers

  • Jarvis Tomei Syrah El Dorado 2011


    A Naked Wines selection and what a lovely one. Opens with warm milk chocolate with a bit of rosemary, then black cherry and plum preserves and in the background tarragon. Bright tannins and medium acidity, a zing of alcohol, but very smooth. Long finish with more plum, chocolate, baking spices, and smoky spice. Continues to open more in the glas... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Friday is part of the weekend, right? Might want to call this one "Syrah Lite."  A touch of cherry jamminess on the tip of the tongue, but the rest of it is wine-flavored.  A not-terribly-tannic example whose acid makes me want to take another sip.  Fairly straightforward--not complexr easy-to-drink wine.  I suspect that Syrah Sophisiticates may... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Josefina Syrah Paso Robles Rosé 2011


    Some hints of a spicy strawberry, but mostly a dusty, unpleasant bitterness that didn't drink well. Possible I got a skunked bottle? It's a screw top... Read More

    Wine review by laebrown

  • Sorry guys, missed this thread. The party went well. Over much too quickly ... ... a '13 Quivet Las Madres Syrah and an '03 Chateau Montelena Estate Cab. Foxall brought a Magnum of '07 Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo that was brilliant.Oh, and there were bubbles. Mags of Roederer Estate Brut and Brut Rosé, Pierre Peters Cuvee de Reserve Blanc de... Read More

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  • Tortoise Creek le Charmel Costieres de Nimes 2012


    Inviting smoky aromas have a red fruit character of cherry and some plum and blackberry with a floral framing that keeps the whole nose quite light. In the mouth it's juicy and earthy in the same breath, with more cherry and blackberry fruit, excellent balance and acidity, well integrated oak and good spice. Still quite youthful and vibrant, an ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  •  I'm not sure how to associate 'gaminess' to a wine ... ... ... enjoyed last night's Syrah.  I cannot draw any conclusion from this change.  I just find it interestin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

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

    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.

    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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