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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  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... Valley with such grapes as Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Malvasia doing well in their warm climate. But the Gruet family has shown that the diversity of New Mexico’s landscape can go beyond these varieties, and so, it makes one think that perhaps... Read More

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  • Domaine les Meulières Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas 2014


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Peter Lehmann Portrait Shiraz 2014


    Medium bodied and showing pepper, plum and some dark berry fruits. Vanilla and anise round ot the palate. Easy drinking and good for short term cellaring. 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • ...she's not as much of a Syrah fan as I.It would be hard to find anyone who is as much of a Syrah fan as you are.  And probably impossible to find anyone who has scouted out so many good ones. Last two nights, I drank Ribera del Duero wines.  Both were good, both were very cheap. Both were 2012 and Robles.  First night was Vina Arnaiz.  I've ha... Read More

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  • EMark, we must have been on the same wavelength last night as I opened a ... ... '15 Bedrock North Coast Syrah. Have a few of those Carlisles in the cellar and have been wondering if I should give one a go.The Bedrock was big boned with plenty of fruit and French oak to allow it to age for a decade or more but as a young wine was very enjoyabl... Read More

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  • Thanks for the link, Greg. Are you staking out a position that there is ... ... contribution by viognier in syrah blends to the resulting wine's aromatics, taste and structure?Would like to do that offline...  ; Read More

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  • Carlisle Sonoma County Syrah 2015


    Dark purple in the glass. Fairly big introduction of dark fruit on entry. A very rich, mouth-filling wine. Savory and meaty mid-palate. Stiff tannin. Good acid. Surprisingly, nice and easy on the back of the throat. It may have many years in it, but drinking it now is a lot of fun. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Had to suffer through too many mediocre wines tonight: an atrocious Nahe kerner ... 7% cab sauv, 9% malbec, 11% syrah) from Limoux (Languedoc), 2012 Baron'Arques. Well drinkable tonight, and I did kill a bottle of it by myself while others were wasting their time in the weeds. Had that rustic Languedoc thing going on, which I like. Could tell R... Read More

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  • Syrah drinks up any and all of Viognier's milk shake?Sounds like a good enough theme to finally bring us all together. Read More

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  • The amount of viognier in a syrah based wine is always very small, usually 5% or less.  Syrah is a pretty flavorful grape, so it's like putting a little salt on a steak while you cook it.  It might have a small impact, but if you had better or more flavorful material to begin with, you wouldn't be able to pick it out.  Far and away the idea as I... Read More

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