Syrah

Parentage: Offspring of Dureza & Mondeuse Blanche
Aliases: Shiraz, Hermitage, Antourenein Noir, Candive, Marsanne Noir...
Grape Color: Black
Regions: Rhone (France), California AVAs, Australia
Type(s) of Wine the Grape Produces:

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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  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Chile

    Winemaking was first introduced to Chile by Spanish settlers in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until...

  • South Africa

      The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company establish...

  • Northern Rhône

      The northern Rhone is a section of the river of the same name in the southeast of France. ...

  • South Australia

    South Australia is the strong arm of the Australia wine industry, where the majority of the cou...

Popular Wineries using Syrah

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Château De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

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Syrah on Snooth

  • Call me shallow but you list me at Chile. :/$100+ for a Chilean Syrah, am I reading this correct? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Cotes du Rhone. It’s a surprisingly well known wine in a world where the ... ... Minervois 13.5% $1240% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 20% MourvedreUpslope Wines NYC A bit smoky on first whiff with slightly spicy and earthy aromas of cherry and date fruit on the nose.  Big on entry and moderately firm with fine backing acids and rounded tannins lending... Read More

    From the article Cotes Du Rhone in 2014


  • M. Chapoutier Grenache Blend Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour Domaine de Bila-Haut Vignes Bila 2010

    Snoothrank:

    This is a very nice Rhone blend of syrah, grenache and carignan. Very well balanced with the blackberry and dark red cherry from the syrah coming to the forefront. This has soft, fine tannins, decent acidity, a touch of earthiness and a medium length finish. Excellent QPR! Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Château d'Anglès la Clape Classique 2009

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    This unrecognized "cru" from Languedoc is a steal (if you are so fortunate as to find it). The bouquet is heavily influenced by the non-Grenache components - there is coffee, wild black current, a hint of chocolate candy - and the palate is pushed by a solid tannic structure with red currant and cherry on the finish with that ubiquitous coffee.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Basel Cellars Syrah

    Snoothrank:

    Good bright red-ruby. Cassis, blueberry, licorice, mocha and brown spices on the nose, complicated by a whiff of violet. Spicy and a bit tart, showing a savory character to its flavors of black fruits, brown spices and game. Good spicy intensity here. The acids and tannins initially clashed on the back end but harmonized with air. Finishes... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • That Canadian wine that DVogler brought to the Syrah night looks like something I would like to try.  Can you pour a few drops on a piece of copy paper and send me a 'scratch & sniff'?http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/11/scratch-n-sniff-wine-book-richard-betts_n_4254912.html Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ok fellas, this post is for OT to see and drool over.  I hope he has a ... ... one of our 2008 Pangea Syrah wines from the Apalta Vineyard of Chile (Colchagua Valley).  We first tasted this wine at a Chilean wine class we took at the Washington Wine Academy last year, prior to our trip earlier this year to Chile, Argentina and Brazil.  The wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Tenor Syrah 2011

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    Love! Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora


  • Speaking of B.C. I got this one from DVogler when he was down for the Syrah night and just got around to popping it tonight. Wow, this is mighty good. After being open about 3 hrs it is really coming together. The blend of Merlot, Cab Franc and Cab Sauv is very tasty. Black currants, leather, graphite and good balance. The tannins are still quit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Wine Men of Gotham Shiraz Grenache 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Stemmy and fairly herbal on the nose with aggressive aromas of tar, butchers wax, and cigar ash. A touch round and perhaps just a smidgen sweet on entry, this shows off plenty of acidity in the mouth with wild cherry and slightly nutty and perhaps herb stem tinged flavors on the palate. Its an easy going wine with a very modest finish and jammy ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Que Syrah, Syrah....A bold mouthful of mashed black fruit that dries out on the palate leaving a blanket of spiced wood to wrap around a forkful of rare venison...Nectar of the Gods....

    Comment by 1515747catsmiler 1515747 catsmiler


  • Love the blend of this grape when combined with Grenache.

    Comment by 1491978BinaryOptionsInvestor 1491978 BinaryOptionsInvestor


  • I like the spiciness and boldness of Syrah. I haven't tasted many, but the majority were from California, Russian River Valley. I would like to try a French Syrah. Any recommendations on a rocky and floral wine>?

    Comment by 1270119LaCiCaDa 1270119 LaCiCaDa


  • Is it not the most wonderful grape?!

    Comment by 1119333impartangel 1119333 impartangel


  • went to winery tasting at Restaurante Panorama (worlds largest amount of wine taps) in PHL. Favorite of night was Fattoria di Magliano, Perenzo, IGT, Maremma 2007/2008 (Syrah). only 600 cases produced. $52 at CT store on internet, $70 in PA. WA 91

    Comment by 874700Jon Fricke 874700 Jon Fricke


  • How about the petit syrah's? Used to drink 1974 Paul Mason (?) by the case. Just incredible wine. My husband's Mom would ship it from CA to us in CT.

    Comment by 852075mjc63 852075 mjc63


  • this was a very good wine - absolutely one of the best I have tasted! Syrah!

    Comment by 616061Etfonhom 616061 Etfonhom


  • I have never tried Syrah. Could someone tell me what it is like? Thanks

    Comment by 557447ngshults1 557447 ngshults1


  • Discovered a nice Petit Syrah from Rosenblum Cellers, Heritage series. From the East Bay in California. Very nice, several layers, assertive, but smooth. Affordable at about $15.

    Comment by 552330azjan123 552330 azjan123


  • Take a look over the Syrahs from Mendoza, Argentina. There is o lot of goods surprises.

    Comment by 318469Pecce 318469 Pecce


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