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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  • Margan Shiraz 2014

    Snoothrank:

    nose was strongly oaked, with chocolate undertones; however it was sour... but that seemed like a natural sourness and not due to overbreathe... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Limerick Lane Headpruned Block Syrah 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Beautiful dark purple color. Rich pruney nose. Blackberry on the tip of the tongue. Some, woodiness to which I would attribute tannin. Nice firm tannins and acid give lots of backbone. I love the fact that this is not an in-your-face-with-fruit wine. The blackberry note hinted dissipates into a truly terrific wine experience. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  •  Sorry to see this vineyard block to be lost to Cab Franc. Now ... ... ... in January's Myriad Syrah release.The '13 Whole Cluster Sugarloaf that I had last October was amazin Read More

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  •  2014 Myriad Cellars Syrah Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley (3/19/2017)Savory black olive tapenade is the first thing to greet your nose on this deep purple Syrah. The blueberry fruit is very prominent and mouthcoating. Richness personified on the palate wth juicy blackberry, iron and crushes stones. Tannins are dusty a... Read More

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  • St. Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2015

    Snoothrank:

    100% Syrah. Old world in style but showed some ripe fruit on the nose as well as the palate. Nice acidity with soft tannins and some pepper on the finish. Really nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Hey JD, love Mellow Mushroom, although they've closed many of their ... ... ... Terry Hoage Vineyards Syrah The Hedge.Not as good as I was hoping it would be after purchasing this at the winery four years ago. Kind of hot, somewhat heavy and unbalanced. A good hit of over ripe black cherry Nyquil, soft integrated tannins, low amount of acidit... Read More

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  • Father-in-law and Sis-in-law here so I had the CFO's Dad pick a bottle out ... ... Tom!Excellent grenache/syrah blend.  The nose is mainly typical syrah - ripe black cherry and a bit of earthiness.  More black cherry on the tongue with some black pepper, some meatiness, mouth drying but fine tannins, medium acidity and a fairly long finis Read More

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  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... ... else grown, and in fact Syrah is one of the more interesting grapes right now because there are so many people trying their hands at it, but Zin and PS just aren't done anywhere else for all practical purposes. And yes, I have had Australian Zin.In any event... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • Despite my somewhat feeble attempts trying to find US wine in Australia is frustratingSo I think I would like to build a list of high Quality but not astronomic priced wines my American Snooth Colleagues would suggest I look out forBare in mind that if it is from a very small niche producer I would need to know how I can source it in AustraliaSo... Read More

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  • With springtime upon us, wine enthusiasts around the world are looking to ... ... ... by Hermitage, the famous Syrah (100%) wine from the northern Rhone. Oh, and a glass of Champagne of course!A few beers in St. Emilion’s famous cobbled town square followed by a splendid dinner and we were on our way to the airport…we were on the last flight o... Read More

    From the article Bordeaux or Bust!


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