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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  • Right, what geeks or collectors drink is a drop in the bucket compared to the ... ... a lot was replaced by Syrah. I think I may have accessed that great website in another post about what is most commonly planted in a few countries, but thanks for posting that, DM.  Pretty awesome research.  (Almost as good as the study I saw on relative tan... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...


  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... Sangiovese, 98 wineries; Syrah, 315 wineries; Tempranillo, 36 wineries; Viognier, 123 wineries; and the listings are growing.      "These emerging varietal wines are a natural outcome of California’s ideal yet varied climate and soil for growing winegrapes. A central fact of Calif... Read More

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  • Ask and ye shall be answered, JD. From Univ. of Adelaide:The world’s 10 ... Tempranillo5. Chardonnay6. Syrah7. Garnacha tinta8. Sauvignon blanc9. Trebbiano Toscano10. Pinot noir The university's database is available online at: www.adelaide.edu.au/wine-econ/databases/winegrapes and an e-book can be freely downloaded at: http://www.adelaide.edu... Read More

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  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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  • Here's Danile Brunier speaking about Vieux Telegraphe. Toward the end of ... planted to 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsaul Read More

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  • Thanks for filling in the gaps Fox, I figured I was leaving something out of ... ... for the wines containing Syrah, and especially Mourvedre. I'd also expect there to be a soil/terroir aspect to the longevity of the wine, but really the producer style can trump anything, and various producers can make a long aging wine in CdP if they want. Pe... Read More

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  • Brunier says the grenache is 60% of the blend, Cinsault 5%, Clairette (white) 3-4%, Syrah 15% and Mourvedre 15%.  That starts at 4:25 on the video.  It only adds up to 98-99%.  So I guess it's lighter than other CdP. ;-) You can also find the composition at Kermit Lynch's page.And he also says all the wines from VT are great at ten years.  There... Read More

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  • I hear it's in your face, has a mean streak, is harsh and hard to swallow. ... 2014 Carlisle Sonoma County Syra Read More

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  • Mcmanis Family Vineyards Syrah 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Dust and smoke on the nose with some blackberry. Tart and sticky blackberry notes with a short finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Auguste Bessac Gigondas 2009

    Snoothrank:

    The Mediterranean world of Gigondas is evident from the first scent of the wine; the redolence of dried grape, sage and spiny scrub which is deep with warm wind at harvest. This Grenache-dominant wine has good tannic structure (backbone) and Aussie-like (Barossa) depth. Powerful - like a good Gigondas should be. Serve with heavy dishes and BB... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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