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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  • The Ojai Vineyard Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard 2013


    Quite dark plum color. Berry and violet aromas. Nice level of red berry, plums on the tip of the tongue. Quite deft with tannin and acid components. Clearly, this wine is the result of Adam Tolmachs adopted IPOB philosophy. While this is not a big fruit-forward California wine, make no mistake, it is however, it is a wine for California win... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • EM-I've had the Ridge Pagani and as you just mentioned the ... a 2010 Tercero The Climb-A Syrah/Petite Syrah Blend. Big nose of dark fruit (I could smell this all day and not drink it..... NOT!) Blackcherry, blueberry, touch of earthiness and spice, good weight and complexity in the mid-palate, long smooth finish. Very well done. I hope to visi... Read More

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  • Somehow looks like a combo between Southern Rhone and Bordeaux and Northern ... franc, or the mourvedre and syrah?  Perhaps they could acknowledge their more recent California del Norte wine culture heritage and throw in some Zin as well. One wonders why they avoided Spanish (other than the garnacha), too, or is that still a colonial thing?  ;... Read More

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  • Michael David Winery 'Sixth Sense' Syrah Lodi Appellation 2013


    As someone who steers away from heavy tannic Cabs, this bottle was quite the ... ... delight from the usual syrahs I have tried.I would definitely recommend to try for those who favor juicy flavor wines that are on the lighter side of the spectru Read More

    Wine review by Exquisitelyoaked

  • Have a few to catch up on - been busy tracking and getting ready for the NWC on ... Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah, it's right up my alley.Plus I like the bottles - try to figure out the picks.  I never d Read More

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  • Callaway Coastal Hybrid Red Blend


    great wine for every day drinking - smooth and full on the palate Read More

    Wine review by Dawny54

  • Interesting thing about Zin, at least to me, is that people always talk about ... be pretty much anything. And Syrah is a close second.I'm sure there are other grapes like that, but of the dominant ones in the US at least, those two seem the most affected by locatio Read More

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  • RCKR-I've had a few Santa Ema's Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Solid ... #2 Blend was very tasty. The Syrah and PS really shine. Yes, fruit forward, but balanced with acidity and decent structure, medium finish. Solid QPR at under $20.&nbs Read More

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  • Maury Sec Domaine Cabirau Cuvée Serge et Nicolas 2014


    This was anything but "soft" or "elegant" as some write ups would suggest - this linear, fruity, tannic and rides good acidity. This need food. Red meat pasta comes to mind immediately. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Masfleurey Cotes de Provence Cuvee Selectionnee 2016


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London [] for £10. ... and syrah but does not say in what proportions.I started my bottle last night with some cold chicken salad.It is a dry wine but not bone-dry.There is plenty of a cranberry,strawberry and apricot style fruit but it is not particularly acidic.There are several flavo... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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