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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  • Sounds really worthwhile.  What organization put this on? I do agree ... fruit, often, but common in syrah and cabernet, the product of MIBP) and the spice (although white pepper or black pepper are more familiar).  Interesting and heartening that Cornas showed well, since you can still find some really good wines under $50 from there, not so ... Read More

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  • Grange is very good, without a doubt, and sometimes even worth the money. But ... the be all and end all of syrah. It's a different beast, because of its 'terroir' ( ;-) ), its blend, and its New World style, even if a different one than what OT's drinking. I'm still sticking with the best Hermitage, Cote Rotie and Cornas (in that order) befor... Read More

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  • JD, sounds like an awesome tasting, we've really been enjoying syrah, just had an absolutely outstanding '09 Scherrer 'Sasha' the other night after the Roederer vertical.  Grange is definitely on my wishlist. Read More

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  • GREGT - Have agree with you about the Bin 389 and Grange.  It's the same for me with Touriga Naccional and Cabernet blends - tried 'em don't like 'em very much at all.I'd rather drink the Monastrell/ Cabby blends from Bodegas El Nido (Clio) and Bodegas Volver (Triga). Read More

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  • I can believe the Grange stole the show.  You're blessed to have there and I wish we all could have joined - it did seem a little rushed, but we should all be so lucky as to be at a tasting where we are like that. Steaks and wild game for sure.Congratulations. Read More

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  • Tons of pictures and notes.  Working on finding some time to post pictures ... (but rushed) tasting of 23 Syrah's in two hours.Then a walk around tasting after a long intermission with about 50-60 wines available to taste. I have counted how many I tried at the walk around, but tried to be as efficient as possible. Probably around 25-30 give or... Read More

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  • I would enjoy seeing some pictures too.  Did you take any? Read More

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  • This really sounds interesting, Jon.  I'm looking forward to your report. Read More

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  • Venue and occasion? Labels and vintages tasted? How much of each wine over how long a period of time?Overall impressions you report not so far off from my personal historical sensibilities. Read More

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  • Cinzano Bianco NV

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