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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  • "A somewhat tall order, as does not seem up my alley."Nice to go off ... ... time.I always have liked syrah, since those '70s, so was curious how Jonata is trying to do it now. Aside from who owns the place and the larger style than I usually go for, I've heard interesting things about them. Haven't had any of their bottlings since their first... Read More

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  • Though I've mentioned Jonata on and off several times this decade, ... is ... is becoming more and more Syrah dominated and certainly is not far behind in terms of quality and is much (well, a little) more approachable on release. In short, you can’t go wrong at this estate and these are brilliant wines that check in near the top of the Santa ... Read More

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  • Tyrrell's Brokenback Shiraz 2009


    Something of a pruney nose, but, also, an unfortunate sulphur thing that does not blow off. Very tart on entry. Some raisiny fruit. Then at the rear palate that sulphur thing, Not a terribly sophisticated wine. I'm actually OK with the tartness, but there is no way I could recommend this wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Pillar Box Red 2012


    A robust wine that emits blackberry, slight oak, pepper and spice, anise and blueberry on the nose. The palate follows nicely with the blackberry and dark cherry turning slightly sweetish when then tannins push through. Good acidity lends to a full aftertaste that sails. Great wine at a modest price. Built for short term aging this bottling w... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Hedges Cellars Cabernet Merlot Syrah Cms Columbia Valley 2012


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    Wine review by calywa

  • MJ - I've never had a bad St. Francis bottle.  They were one of our ... ... the 2013 Quivet Cellars Syrah, you decanted it for five hours?  I'm a fan of decanting just about all red wines, event the Pinots.  There are others who say that you'll lose the fruit on many of them if you decant.  I suspect the truth is somewhere in the middl Read More

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  • RCKR - maybe you should just stay inside for a while, I mean, slicing the ... ... Scherrer chard and Apsara syrah left out the Valdez chard and the Tantara Mesa Grill syrah, all between four of us. I woke up with a bit of a wine head the next mornin Read More

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  • Hav you had other wines from that vintner?  What was wrong with the ... ...  I've never had a Syrah from the East Coas Read More

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  • Garnacha has arrived. Wine drinkers demand varietal Garnacha bottles and ask ... ... Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah for the reds, to Macabeo (Viura), Chardonnay, Garnacha Blanca and Moscatel for the whites.The soil in the region is predominantly gravel with pockets of slate, hard clay and sandstone. The gravel soils are particularly well suited ... Read More

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  • Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages 2015


    Well balanced and complex. Will pick up a few more bottles. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

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