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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  • Ojai Vineyard Santa Barbara County Syrah Presidio Vineyard 2008

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    Attractive purple in the glassnot inky dark. Some rea fruit and, maybe, some anise on the nose. Very easy on the tongue red fruit flavorsplum, raspberry, and, maybe some tropical hints. At mid-to-rear palate, tannins emerge, more or less, negating the fruit flavors. When a bit of acid tartness kicks in, this becomes a refreshing wine. This i... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Orin Swift Proprietary Red "Abstract" California 2012

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    Nice but a bit tannic on the finish Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2012

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    Two or three times a year my brother-in-law stops off at the Valle de Guadalupe to pick up some B.C. wine on his return from fishing trips down around Santo Tomas. He gives me these wines and I enjoy tracking the progress of the wine industry, down there. This one seems like a step back from older vintages that I have had from this maker. Fir... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Tatachilla Shiraz Mclaren Vale Foundation 2004

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    Top quality Shiraz,loved it! Read More

    Wine review by K276HB


  • La Posta Malbec/Syrah/Bonarda Cocina Tinto Mendoza 2012

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    One of my favorites. Smooth and well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by angela318


  • Wild Duck Creek Shiraz Sparkling Duck 3 NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Fuentesa


  • As we deck the halls, we should also remember to have wine on the brain while ... the great Northwest comes a Syrah- led Rosé that balances ripe red fruit characteristics with other savory notes to create an enticing pink wine. Still bringing enough acidity to act as an opening drink, this Rosé can also make a great pairing for salmon dishes o... Read More

    From the article Real Holiday Wine for $10 or Less


  • Orin Swift Locations F-1 French Red 2012

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    This is a fabulous wine - very smooth. Was at a high end wine gathering and this bottle stood out so I tried it and I am a fan! Read More

    Wine review by Betty Kae


  • Back at the home front.Well, the Morroccan dinner last Thursday at Ojai ... ... ... sulfites added" Syrah from the Sebastiano Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills.  As more and more locals arrived we moved around the room and settled towards the end of the counter near the entrance.  We were there for a few minutes sipping the Syrah and noshing on alm... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Yangarra Estate Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by virumque


  • The USA has been starved of "REAL" Australian Shiraz, We built our name on Family wineries, Single Vineyard Estate Wines. Not these commodities. there are Great Australian wines available , just a little harder to find

    Comment by 1468912GAWC 1468912 GAWC


  • 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


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