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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  • Tensleysyrah Santa Barbara County 2012

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    Really a complex wine - rustic and gamy, blueberries, red plum, chocolate and...wait for it...a splash of Tuscany citrus that was damned amazing. This all carried through to the palate in spades and followed for a lengthy aftertaste. Stunning - drink or hold - Paul.91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" 2007

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    This is what they said "92 points and one the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of ... of ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono and Grenache. Drink now through 2014." Well....we drank it last Saturday and it is a big, ballsy zin. Large dark berry fruit, pepper, big tannins and acidity with touches of chocolate and briary notes. St... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Hardys Nottage Hill Shiraz Australia ϼ Australia ϼ 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by leahjewell


  • M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Cotes du Rousillon Villages 2013

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    Great nose of mocha, red berries, vanilla and terroir in abundant nuances. Chapoutier really really hit the entry level jackpot when he started in Rousillon years ago. great wine. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Domaine "La Garrugue" Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Romaine 2012

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    This was very good - pepper, chocolate, red plum and Bing cherry lead the nose. This is full bodied wine with dark berries, spice and mildly chewy tannins and matching acidity. Well done with a great finish. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz 2010

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    The fruit is fresh and the nose and palate are alive. Blackberry, dark cherry, blueberry with mocha, oak, vanillin from oak, good spice and pepper notes lead to a juicy medium bodied aftertaste that is slightly chewy and lingering. Well done - again. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Andrew Murray Syrah Tous les Jours Santa Ynez Valley 2012

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    This sat well and the wine has "married" up to create a more seamless juice. Blueberry, blackberry and a touch of dirt, white pepper and licorice are front and center. Recommend Italian beef sandwiches with mince horseradish/sour cream blend, red onions, sliced tomato on a toasted split bun. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Andrew Murray Esperance Curtis Vineyard 2012

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    My last vintage was the 2010 and I liked it very much, this - better. I like fuller bodied wines and this fit the bill nicely. Plenty of blueberry, violets, pepper on the nose, leading to notes of vanilla, earth and spice on the palate. Medium chewy tannins and balanced acidity give nice lingering aftertaste. Well done - drink now - Paul 89 ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • I think I'm on the same page with you, Jon.  About a year ago I had a Syrah from the same maker and the same vineyard and I loved it.  I'm trying to think, right now, of a CA grenache that has really snapped my carrot, and I am drawing a blank.  Maybe grenache just doesn't make a good varietal wine.  However, I know I have had blends that includ... Read More

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  • Alesia Alder Springs Syrah 2011

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    Woody briary nose. Medium-bodied wine. Variety of flavors on the tip of the tonguesome red berry. Some wood or briary thing, some mineral. Not particularly tannic and not overly acidic. Some fugal or mushroomy thing on the back of the palate and the aftertaste. Very enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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