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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  • Okay, stopped at K&L to pick up those sherries I ordered, and the ... 2008 ... 2008 Martinelli Gravel Lens Syrah for $29 and a bottle of Elijah Craig 12 year old, my usual bourbon.  (Neat--on ice, I'm not very discerning, but neat I get more picky.) So I've now got almost 360 bottles in the cellar, pushing the capacity of the cellar I am build... Read More

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  • Being a fan of Jolie-Laide and being that we have been drinking a lot of whites ... ... but hey! Where is the Syrah and where is the Trousseau Gris? Fear not. Those will be released in the Fall, and right here, we have the summertime wines for you now.)         These wines are stunning. The name Jolie-Laide literally translates to “pretty-ugly... Read More

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  • Started off with an Elementary Cellars Volume Two Cabernet Sauvignon but ... ... Moriah - 70% Grenache 30% Syrah - Lots of strawberry and perfume in this. The only thing It seems to have gotten from the Syrah is the tannins and spice on the finish. Really tasty, though my last. Went well with our Korean Marinated Hanger Stea Read More

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  • Looks like a well-rounded meal with lots of reds in both the food & drink, ... ... the last of a Sicilian syrah with it, but won't be repeating that match, unfortunately. A fino sherry did work before that, though neither are any normal match for me with that cuisine. Today was clean-out-the-fridge day, so I'll make it clearer that I'm jealou... Read More

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  • Rckr, you'll notice that word "epiphany" in posts.  ... ... way--my first really good Syrah from the Rhone a dozen years ago, drinking the great Barolos with GdP in 2014.  My appreciation of wine has been an ever-changing thing, which I suspect plays a role in why wine drinkers stay engaged with the world and seem sharper in their seniority.  ... Read More

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  • I remember mine completely, just  like it was yesterday, all except for the producer which I think was Tyrrell, but after 40+ yrs the name has faded.  What remains vivid is the experience.  The place was in Freemantle, just outside Perth, in 1976.  Hungry for a good meal, myself and 2 friends chanced upon this spot.  It was owned by a WW2 refuge... Read More

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  • I've been really bad about posting updates on the house. Structurally, we are finished, and all the walls are painted and floors finished. We have stairs, about to have our big Tansu thing in the middle of them, And we've got a dining room that seats twenty pretty easily.  Maybe more.  (Didn't OT say all that garden building was making him lose ... Read More

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  • Just not a good selection of imports in these parts and for good ... for the money?  Ditto Syrah (maybe I could just drink Halcon, it's the best deal unless Jemrose goes on sale)?  I'm already doing that to a large degree with Rockpile on my Zins and was sticking to P&H Pinot until it just got too expensive to stay in the club.  But then I hear... Read More

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  • Nice, rckr. Speaking of California bigotry, I looked at my tasting notes ... ... or Nebbiolo?  Sure, Syrah, Cab, we got that...)  His TNs track pretty closely, although he appears to have given France a try (6% of notes) without converting.  Good on him for waving the banner, but one of these days I will get him on a plane to Italy, I swear.&nbs Read More

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  • Quivet solicitation arrived, yesterday.  So, I signed up for:2014 Napa ... I picked some up from the Syrah offer a few months ago.Oh, and Mr. UPS dropped this off, today: Yes, I'm still a California bigot.   ; Read More

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  • Discovered a nice Petit Syrah from Rosenblum Cellers, Heritage series. From the East Bay in California. Very nice, several layers, assertive, but smooth. Affordable at about $15.

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  • Take a look over the Syrahs from Mendoza, Argentina. There is o lot of goods surprises.

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  • I have been growing Syrah in California for 24 years and I have come to love cool climate Syrah such as Radio Coteau's Cherry Camp. The vineyard is planted on a ridge to the east of Occidental California. The 2005 wine is remarkable in its peppery black cherry aroma, smooth in the mouth and great finish. Another great cool area is Bennett Va...

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  • I would like to know if Syrah is a sweet table wine

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