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.

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  • Melville Syrah Estate Verna's Santa Barbara County 2013

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    More purple than red color. Something of a musty, fungal nose. On the tongue this wine seems viscous. Red berry fruit and blueberryOK, not red--on entry. It is close to being annoyingly sweet, but, somehow, it backs away. Earthy mid-palate. Another pretty-easy-to-drink-but-not-terribly-sophisticated wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sidewood Mappinga Shiraz Adelaide Hills 2013

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    Deeply inky and spiced to perfection with black pepper and intoxicating blackberry preserves, hints of tomato leaf and earthy smoke. Thick and full mouthfeel with amazingly ripe fruit preserves of blackberry and black cherry, a zesty mouthfeel delivering incredible cinnamon spice and age worthy leather and earth notes, chewy and well integrated ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bonpas Costieres de Nimes 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Castillo de Perelada 5 Fincas Reserva 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cave de Rasteau Ortas Rasteau 'Tradition' 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Nice work OT.So it's the MOG that makes the Syrah so wonderful! Nice to know. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Las Madres 20 Ways


  • "That optical sorter sure does the trick".Yeah but I think it's a ... ... purity and opulence. For Syrah it seemed to take awa from the possibilities. Mike said he takes his bins of fruit and goes right to fermentation feeling the stems, leaves and other MOG add complexity. In the samples it rang true. Mike's position sounds reasonable to me. T... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Las Madres 20 Ways


  • "That optical sorter sure does the trick".Yeah but I think it's a ... ... purity and opulence. For Syrah it seemed to take awa from the possibilities. Mike said he takes his bins of fruit and goes right to fermentation feeling the stems, leaves and other MOG add complexity. In the samples it rang tru Read More

    Forum post in the topic Las Madres 20 Ways


  • Stopped at the Scherrer Spring Open House on my way home from work today. Fred ... his 2015 Dry Rosé or Syrah/Grenache. 2014 Chardonnay, 2012 Platt Pinot Noir, 2012 King Family Pinot Noir, 2012 Shale Terrace Zinfandel, 2012 OMV Zinfandel and 2012 Scherrer Vineyard. Cabernet Sauvignon.Went home with a pair each of the 2014 and 2015 Rosés, a Kin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Menage a Trois Silk 2014

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    One of the smoothest and best wines I have tried in a while. This elegant blend was tasty with cherry and raspberry notes and the cleanest finish ever. I could easily drink the entire bottle and not blink an eye. Read More

    Wine review by katherinerosegary


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