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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  • Gres Saint Paul Syrhus Coteaux du Languedoc 2003


    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... their 'Syrhus ' cuvee is 95% syrah [and 5% mourverde]. It has been aged in concrete tanks as opposed to oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of sausages and mash and I did enjoy it. There is a lot of a blackcurrant style fruit there,the tannins are unobtrusive and ther... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Domaine Roger Perrin Côtes du Rhône 2007


    very well balanced, perhaps it is the 7 years age that has help this wine develop into a surprisingly flavorful, balanced and great drinking wine Read More

    Wine review by erapaich

  • Just another Syrah?  Not exactly, this was another bottle from the neighbor whose husband passed several years ago. Was expecting the worst since this was a "gift", it's an '04 Finger Lakes Syrah and most likely wasn't optimally stored. In actuality, this NY Syrah is kind of nice. It is slightly brickish in color and the nose is a bit muted. The... Read More

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  • Red Newt Cellars Syrah Finger Lakes Reserve 2004


    Was expecting the worst since this was a "gift", it's an '04 Finger Lakes Syrah and most likely wasn't optimally stored. In actuality, this NY Syrah is kind of nice. It is slightly brickish in color and the nose is a bit muted. There is still some nice black cherry and ripe green plum, a touch of cedar, fairly decent acidity and a pretty nice, l... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... up was ... up was the 2005 High Slopes Syrah.  Who pours a 2005 wine in their tasting room?  Who even keeps wine in stock that long in California?  DTR, that's who.  This was still young, and it will probably start to shine in another five to ten years.  Seriously, these wines will a... Read More

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  • Qupe Syrah Central Coast 2012


    Nice balance of old world and new. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Zotovich Estate Grown Syrah Sta. Rita Hills 2011


    Attractive mature red plum color. Initial pungency on the nose, but, then, a mélange of tree fruit aromas. Red cherry flavor, held back by, almost, a peach influence, on introduction to the tongue. The wine slides back over the tongue and under the palate without much revelation. Some dustiness on the finish. It is a medium-bodied, easy-to... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • "Crianza" just means there has been some aging regimen.  In ... ... and bought a Mourvedre/Cab/Syrah blend from the Asuncion Ridge tasting room.  We drank it tonight--and while those grapes aren't too esoteric in various combinations, Cab and Mourvedre in one qualify as something different.  We had chicken with olives, fennel, and something or... Read More

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  • Vena Cava Big Blend 2012


    More blue-purple than red-purple in the glass. Fairly light on the nosesome barnyard hints, some vegetative hints. Under the palate this is a harmless, albeit, non-distinctive wine. Initial tastes are of dried fruitsprunes, raisinswithout the sweetness. An unusual mouth sensationthis wine seems to have the consistency or viscosity of perspir... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • First part done.So the locals also suggested Jocko's to my wife, and we ... we ... 19% cab and the rest syrah after I told her that was pretty strange sounding.  Cab and syrah, sure, the Aussies do it and the Bordelaise did it.  Mourvedre and Syrah, Bandol or southern Rhone,  but Cab and Mourvedre sound like they would clash.  Well, not so mu... 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.

    Comment by 318469Pecce 318469 Pecce

  • 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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