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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  • Gainey Syrah Sta. Rita Hills Limited Selection 2012


    Slightly murky purple in the glass. Not a particularly demonstrative nosesome red fruit some bitter spice. Fairly fruity on entryred plum and a touch of red cherry. Comes close to being jammy, but, thankfully, does not cross that line. Some hint of pepper. Easily a pretty good every day drinker. Very tame tannin and light acid suggests th... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I’m part Irish, but I’m not sure how much. I’m not Catholic ... 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 10% Zinfandel  Great dark fruit, needs to breathe for a while. Dark, deep, concentrated and tannic. This is chomping a bunch of blackberries and then drinking some tea right afterwards. (Which I've done on many occasions. Ripping out invasive bla... Read More

    From the article Switch Things Up: St. Patrick's Day Wines

  • The one Charles pulled out from under the table was the Reserve Syrah and their blend called Reference.I am guessing they had their Sangiovese there for tasting, I can't remember of the top of my head.  Read More

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  • Paul Jaboulet Aine Vacqueyras les Cypres 2006


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex. ... ... consists of 70% grenache,15% syrah and 15% cinsault and spent six months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackcurrant and cherry style fruit there and there is more than a hint of ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Cline Cellars Syrah California 2010


    Just OK, not one of Clines best efforts. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • The Ruffino virtual tasting was perfectly timed to synch up with two great bicycle races in Italy.  The Strade Bianchi and Tirreno-Adriatico both cut through Tuscany, which is one of my favorite Italian wine regions.The most recent Lucha Vino match honors the Strade Bianchi, a fabulous one day race that incorporates 10 sections of white dirt roa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Washington takes on Ruffino

  • Blue Rock Baby Blue Red Blend 2012


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    Wine review by Rcrump

  • On second look there are more than three wineries. My mistake, it was 3 ... ... ... their top rated Zin and Syrah at their entrance. Obviously paid advertising from an Ad co-o Read More

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  • Does sound like quite a day Brian...reminds me I'm overdue to try the Aspara Syrah, as with a lot of things.Are they projecting an earlier harvest in Napa this year? Late August would work well for me as I'd like to help out at Myriad this year for a weekend (Friday - Monday-ish), especially if you'll be working it too. Read More

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  • Blue Rock Winery Baby Blue 2012


    Best Baby Blue I've had so far. nice balance with the Bordeaux varietals from ... from ... just a splash of Syrah! Great wine for around $25 or less....That should be drank relatively early! Cheer Read More

    Wine review by Stallion

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