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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  • Al, I enjoy your restaurant/wine bar stories--especially, the pics and, ... I am having an Ojai Syrah This is their low-dollar Syrah bottling. I'll save the SVD bottlings for a night when I'm having something more substantial for dinner than a sandwich.To demonstrate how the mind has a good time with your (OK, my) senses, I thought that the col... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Last night Sandra and I were back in the district to attend a one-month opening ... ... Touge" Grenache / Syrah, Cru La Liviniere, from Languedoc France.   I only remember one of Sandra's flight selections, as it was the 2012 Genio Espanol Monastrell from Jumilla, Spain.  The other two are a distant memory as was her final glass.  My final gla... Read More

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  • Corsica may fall under French jurisdiction, but its spirit is clearly distinct ... ... Grenache, in addition to Syrah, Carignan and other southern French varieties, too. Fifty-five percent of the production in Corsica is rosé; fourteen percent is white; and a small dribble, one percent, is sweet, vindoux-style Muscat. Thirty percent of product... Read More

    From the article Catch the Corsican Rose Wave


  • J Lohr South Ridge Syrah 2012

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    Unbelievably smooth and fruity. The best Syrah out there for under $20. Read More

    Wine review by woolfepac


  • Les Closiers Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010

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    This wine was purchased in The Hague to augment the closure of the day spent in Amsterdam. It is about 80% Grenache and exudes the aroma of crushed red currant, cherry whips and Kirsch. A bit untamed on the palate but full of aforesaid red fruit and gentle tannin. Worthy. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • La Murata Toscana IGT 2013

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    The palate delivers perfumed and luscious red fruit shrouded in barely perceptible fine tannins. Theres a surprising mineral note as well as some hints of wet earth and it finishes with a wonderful freshness. Read More

    Wine review by FPFM


  • Jean-Luc Colombo Rose 2014

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    With an impressive read on the French label, it sounded like this rose' was worth a go. Colour was a bit of a warning, as most rose's I enjoy are a light to deep pink with a boarderline red. Scent was light, a bit floral and also concerning but taste is what matters. On the pour, it seemed very peach. Peach? Okay, trying not to judge a wine... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Rosé Rocks! By Cornerstone 2014

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    Simple and fresh aromas of ripe watermelon and cherry. Round and soft in the mouth, this shows a bit of fat around the edges and a core of ripe cherry and strawberry flavors that make it approachable and clean while still having a lot of body to it. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sleeping Dog Lies Shiraz Cabernet Western Australia 2005

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    Did youngish where you can get this after the same bottle plus some Read More

    Wine review by nolagirl123


  • RBA, that Liquid Farm is not cheap but IMHO is definitely worth a taste (or ... (or ... having this Spanish syrah that is not for the faint of heart or the AFWE crowd. Big and jammy with loads of dark fruit, ripe plum, black cherry, licorice, a touch of smoke, up front tannins, medium acidity and a fairly long finis Read More

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