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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  • I just joined the Limerick Lane mailing list.  Thanks for the tip.I could order the 2013 Syrah / Grenache but the shipping cost is pretty extreme.  You order one bottle and you basically pay for two.  It gets better as you increase the number of bottles, but I don't see a sweet spot where the shipping stops increasing at such an extreme rate.  T... Read More

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  • Al, ordering from Limerick Lane is a no-brainer.  The worst LL wine I have ... was really wowed by the LL Syrah/Grenache.  She was pleased to hear that I had another bottle of it.  Also, for what it's worth, I see no reason to let that remaining LL Syrah/Grenache lay on it's side for years while I'm waiting for it to reach some theoretical sens... Read More

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  • Benjamin Darnault Maris la Senche 2013


    A recent Naked Wines Selection. Love that Dark Purple Red opaqueness in the Glass. Opens with loads of Mint and Thyme; then on to a smoky Blueberry/Plum; then finishes with Fig and Stewed Blue/Black Fruit. The Blue/Black fruit carries over to the mouth, with a long finish of a bit of Concorde Grape, Oak, and Honey/Smoke. Still bit of an alcohol ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Limerick Lane Syrah Grenache 2013


    Flowery nosegeranium, violet. Combination of fruit and pepper on entryblueberry, plum with spiciness. The wine washes very nicely over the tongue. To my way of thinking, amazingly balanced fruit/tannin/acidI get all three, but none dominate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche 2013


    Well balanced but lacked the complexity I look for in a good CdR. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Yeah - SA has really made strides over the past few years. Under apartheid they ... really good and even great Syrah, nice whites, and I never thought I'd say it, but also some really drinkable Pinotage. (But the best was still from Napa.)And the Constantia was once one of the world's most acclaimed wines. I love sweet wines, so I'm a fa Read More

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  • So do you really think they couldn't get tech and clones during that ... ... ... heard mention of good syrah, but haven't had any yet. Which label you taking about, Greg? Didn't run across any good syrah last time I was there, but that was more than a decade ag Read More

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  • 14 Hands Hot To Trot Red Blend 2013


    This red blend is not too dry but has just enough tannin to pair well with heavy cuisine. It is smooth, full figured and velvety in the mouth. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • Cherry On Top Sweet Red 2010


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    Wine review by Frankie67

  • Melville Syrah Estate Verna's Santa Barbara County 2013


    More purple than red color. Something of a musty, fungal nose. On the tongue this wine seems viscous. Red berry fruit and blueberryOK, not red--on entry. It is close to being annoyingly sweet, but, somehow, it backs away. Earthy mid-palate. Another pretty-easy-to-drink-but-not-terribly-sophisticated wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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