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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    The estate was founded in 1979 and named Domaine Michel by Jean-Jacques Michel. A native of Switz...

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    Casa de la Cruz wines are a companion label of Keller Estate Winery. These lovely entry level Cha...

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  • Wow!  I had no idea Americans were subjected to Kids in The Hall!  I agree, Monty Python has to be the all-time sketch show (I liked it when I was young because I could always count on a glimpse of boobs, real or animated!).  SCTV was good, but I got a dvd pack a few years back (for nostalgic reasons) and the humour was a bit lacking now.  Kids ... Read More

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  • I agree w you about KITH and Monty Python. What ever happened to GDD anyway? I liked her.As far as rating those Luke Lambert wines - it's good wine. For my taste anyway. Halliday never met an Australian wine he didn't like and poor Jeb is trying to learn and be all authoritative and nice at the same time so every wine is above average, like 92. ... Read More

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  • Because there just wasn't enough wine.  Okay, I'll bring the Cote Rotie.DV, I was a huuuuge SCTV fan, but you had to have cable.  Candy, Levy, Moranis, Ohara, Martin.  Some of them went on to be the nucleus of all the great Christopher Guest films.  But KITH was actually more brilliant, IMO.  God is Dead?  The Sarcastic Guy? Bruce McCullough in ... Read More

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  • 2010 Gramercy Syrah. Just showed up at my house today out of the blue. Damn this is delish! ;) Read More

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  • Yes please on the Cote Rotie Fox Read More

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  • I'm going to cover labels, pull corks (and replace with vacuvin stoppers before I drive up.What a clever idea.  ;-)Oh, and with a bit more research I see that the Under the Wire Sparkling Zin is a rose, not red.  Still sounds pretty good to me. Read More

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  • So what’s the first thing you think of when you read Cariñena? I ... Cabernet, Macabeo (Viura), Syrah, Chardonnay, Merlot and Carignane. Also visited on my trip were the cellars of San Valero, the first to bottle wine commercial in Cariñena and one of the early leaders to sell wine under their own brands in the region. Drawing fruit from throu... Read More

    From the article Carinena Is Ready for You

  • Oh the joys of parenthood. You get all the bugs. Get healthy quick!Tonight I ... I ... have any Sandlands Syrah. Blind I would never guess Tempranillo. Big rich fruit nose, rich dark fruit palate, fine grained tannins. Not what I was expecting but we had burgers so it paired well. Dava didn't particularly like it so I popped this for her. She... Read More

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  • Ojai Rose 2013


    Salmon coloredthat is the way to describe it. A very floral/fruity nose. Fruitiness (One might be inclined to say it is sweet, but it is not.) is also the first impression in the mouthstrawberry as much as anythingbut then there is a great refreshing tartness. Then, an effervescence sensation. Easy drinking summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Beso de Vino Seleccion 2011


    Black herbs and spicy blackberry, little blackberry, blackcurrant, almost sweet fruit on entry,black fruited, nicecut, a bit spicy, long fruity finish, nice complexity on the midpalate which is a bit mineral and savory and leads to a modest finish. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 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

  • I have been growing Syrah in California for 24 years and I have come to love cool climate Syrah such as Radio Coteau's Cherry Camp. The vineyard is planted on a ridge to the east of Occidental California. The 2005 wine is remarkable in its peppery black cherry aroma, smooth in the mouth and great finish. Another great cool area is Bennett Va...

    Comment by 427573doctordirt 427573 doctordirt

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