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.

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...

  • USA

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

  • 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...

  • Northern Rhône

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

  • South Africa

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

  • Chile

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

  • South Australia

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

Popular Wineries using Syrah

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Rex Goliath

    At age 70, I have had at least 50 yrs. of a glass of wine after my evening meals. Just recently,...

  • Cupcake Vineyards

    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

  • Dumol Wine Company

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

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Tisdale Vineyards

    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

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Syrah on Snooth

  • Tiz Winery Red Blend California Tiz Red 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by dlhalt


  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by dlhalt


  • Planeta la Segreta Rosso Red Blends 2006

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    A good everyday wine that would go well with BBQ - fruit forward and great wine for the price Read More

    Wine review by blkcld


  • Nine Stones Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2008

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    awesome deep purple. very light tannins - fruit forward easy drinking wine - can't beat for the price Read More

    Wine review by blkcld


  • Emiliana Red Blend Colchagua Valley Coyam 2006

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    Very nice. Peppery on nose and first sip then ends with fruit. Enjoyed with rare rib eye steak! Read More

    Wine review by Elizleo


  • Cellar No. 8 Petite Sirah North Coast 2005

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    Petite Syrah or Duriff is a wonderful grape not always given the credit properly deserved. This one doesnt exactly honor that, maybes its due to all of the Redwood Valley PS out there that i've tasted.Good to ok color, deep red to black, but still not thick enough. If Pinot is skim milk then Petite Syrah is whole milk in texture. This was lik... Read More

    Wine review by Texacali420


  • Home Grown Family Harvest Red 2007

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    Wine review by MillsandJills


  • A thread on another category inspired me to look this one up and write it out, because it's from Ben Franklin.  Who was pretty smart, and woulda been a Snoother had he lived to these days of the internet.  Well before Mr. T. Jefferson went to Paris, Franklin already had a great collection of wine, over a thousand bottles (the biggest percentage ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Great Wine Quotes...


  • Organic Wine Works Surfin Syrah 2008

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    i bought this bottle as one of several organic wines to try from my local ... ... ... reds best, but enjoy syrah as well. this one was pretty bad, with a carbonated quality to it. i tried a second glass hoping it was just a poor first impression, but no better. i dumped out the rest of the bottle, and i rarely do that. would not purchase agai... Read More

    Wine review by teeceepurple


  • Finca Sandoval Red Blend Manchuela Cuvée Tns 2005

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    Gorgeous nose. Smells like a blockbuster wine. Flavors are initially nice and lively. Then, something goes missing on mid-palate - flavor seems to quit. Read More

    Wine review by Middletucky


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