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

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  • Maison Nicolas Perrin Crozes-Hermitage 2013


    Modern in nature without being anywhere near jammy, surprisingly high acidity and very light tannins. Not bad just different. I would buy it again. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • JD - I don't know that I'd say yuck to all of them. Tasted the Long ... ... the Cab, John Duval the Syrah, and there's Philippe Melka and Michel Rolland with the Merlot. They aren't bad wines and they're better than some more expensive ones from CA.And Oriel was completely different - he went to Priorat and asked Sarah Perez to make wine in P... Read More

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  • I had several of the Long Shadows wines.  The Pirouette was a blend and ... ... good.  The Sequel Syrah (made by John Duval....Penfold's) was good, but neither I thought really worth the price, which was I believe about $50 USD in Washington.  I still have the 2008 Pedestal Merlot (Michel Rolland) and am anticipating it being the best of the ... Read More

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  • The wine can't be sold with a vintage date because of EU rules. I'm not ... Zin from Paso Robles, and Syrah from Napa and calling it "American". Doesn't mean the wine is bad though, and companies like Gallo have done it for years..First vintage for the F series was 2011 which is lucky because they'll be numbered according to year now. So 2011 i... Read More

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  • Can anyone help me figure out the difference between the Dave Phinney (Orin Swift) Locations F1, F2 and F3 wines. I tried one that was listed as a 2011 vintage. I did not see the bottle and don't know which to look for. Do the 1, 2 and 3 correspond to vintage? Any clarification is appreciated.  Read More

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  • Great showing for one of my favorite Syrah sites in California.We mere mortals are eagerly awaiting the Myriad Halcon Syrah release this winter (we hope). :-) Read More

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  • Finishing up this 2008 Copain Halon Syrah tonight. Needed a day for some off aromas to blow off but is really hitting it right now. Great showing for one of my favorite Syrah sites in California. Read More

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  • I grabbed a few today. Intrigued by the Cruse Syrah from the Heintz Vyd, 12.5ABV.  Read More

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  • Looking forward to it.I forgot a few domestics  - Drew makes a pretty good ... Qupe, much as I like their Syrah, never quite hit it with Grenache. But others may feel differently.But it's a far more interesting grape as far as I'm concerned, than many others. It's not another PN, Cab or Merlot and that alone makes me want to try the Read More

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  • The first rule: Exercise moderation in moistening your windpipe while working! ... oak / tannins – Cabs, Syrah, or a good Zin are always a safe bet and true crowd pleasers. If dishes of the opposite spectrum are being ordered, and one bottle / type of wine cannot compliment all of the dishes at the table, ordering multiple types of wine is nec... Read More

    From the article Holiday Wine Etiquette For Novices

  • I'm searching to purchase bottles of Rosemount Sharaz 1998, wher can I find it? Thank you. Joe

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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