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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  • Saint Joseph Blanc M Chapoutier Rhône France 2006


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    Wine review by Cindy Childs

  • Yellow Tail Bubbles Yellow Tail Bubbles NV


    You can actually tell that youre drinking wine. This, and the price, make it great for any ol day of the week. The taste is unusual - oranges and mangos but I loved it. (That orange note makes it perfect for mimosas, by the way.) I just wanted to keep on guzzling glass after glass. Complex? Refined? . . . [more:] Read More

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  • Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Hommage 2009


    Complex blend of varietals conceive deep fruits accented by dark chocolate and earthy spices. A delicious and bold wine with subtleties to enliven the palette. Character changes drastically when paired with sweet layered savory dishes. Read More

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  • Donelan Syrah Russian River Valley Walker Vine Hill 2008


    I loved this wine! These wines have the provenance of great age-ability and I was expecting it to be a bit tight, it was simply delicious - try it if you are seeking that wow factor that's more indicative of the refined elegant wines of the Rhone Valley. Read More

    Wine review by seerah

  • Burge Family Olive Hill Barossa Valley 2000


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    Wine review by idiot savant

  • Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Barossa Valley 2003


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    Wine review by alm mtw

  • Robert Hall Paso Robles Syrah & Petite Sirah 2005


    Abit medicinal on the nose, slight bandaid with some floral...front end full of sweet fruit but tast tannins with chalkey burn after.. Read More

    Wine review by big irv

  • Casa Lap Syrah Alex 2006


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    Wine review by mnotani

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