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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  • 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...

  • USA

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

  • Australia

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

  • Sonoma County

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

  • Northern Rhône

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

  • South Africa

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

  • Chile

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

  • South Australia

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

Popular Wineries using Syrah

  • Albert Boxler

    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Moët & Chandon

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

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Syrah on Snooth

  • Halcon is QPR personified Mark. Patience is rewarded as well,Last night we had ... a field blend of Grenache, Syrah, Viognier and Muscat that was co-fermented. A local wine vinified by Scott Schultz who is Pax Mahle's cellarmaster at Wind Gap/PAX/Agharta. The winery is a stones throw from the restaurant  and is home to PAX, RYME, Jolie Laide, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2011

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    Ive heard of wines being in their dumb stage early in their bottled life, and Im wondering if thats what I have here. It doesnt seem to have much verve or integration. This is a wine that does not blow me away with fruit. There are some hints of cherry, but mainly I get a mineral or stone flavors. Gripping tannin and some acid tartness. Act... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rostaing Cote Rotie Classique 1999

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought from the website ... are mainly made from the syrah grape although up to 10% of the white grape viognier may be added to a blend Cote-Rotie is subdivided into the Cote Blonde and the Cote Brune on the basis of soil types. Domaine Rostaing has 7.5 hectares spread over 20 plots in Cote-Rotie, Condrie... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Skylark Wines 'Las Aves' Cabernet Carignan Syrah Blend 2010

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    Wine review by calywa


  • As you may know I love Zinfandel. I think it’s the greatest domestic wine ... ... Cabernet quite good, Syrah stunning, Chianti, Rioja, and portuguese reds off the charts. It’s only when you get to Pinot Noir that you run into these same problems. the base wines is just not that good. Cheap Zin, for the most part and there are of course excepti... Read More

    From the article Value Zinfandel $15 and Under


  • Another pink wine for me. Rosé of Syrah. This was my back-up to the Lioco we had Friday (2 bottles). Against the Lioco Saturday it was upstaged but today by itself it was just fine. Mark, liking you choices of late. Read More

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  • Qupe Estate Bottled Syrah Bien Nacido Hillside Estate 2007

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    Had it at Cooks County - 2007 at $55.00 Extraordinary wine. Read More

    Wine review by kuhn01


  • Qupe Syrah Bien Nacido Hillside Estate 2009

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    Had it a Cooks County - 2007 Espectacular a $55.00 en el restaurant. Read More

    Wine review by kuhn01


  • Xyzin Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

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    Almost black peppery on the nose and decidedly spicy in a subtle and nuanced ... mouth, this reminds a bit of Syrah but if really very well balanced and shows a wonderfully refined and detailed finish. 89p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Penfolds Grandfather Tawny Port 2009

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • 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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