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

    Comment by 557447ngshults1 557447 ngshults1

  • Duncan, that would be a good entry into the "and now for something ... ... close to equal amounts of syrah, mourvedre, counoise and tannat. There's just a touch of earth, leather and must on the nose. On the tongue this shows lots of bright red fruit, red cherry, red raspberry and a touch of cranberry. The acidity is medium and the Tannat adds... Read More

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  • Brian initiated me back in 2012, and we had a visit while their 2009 Syrah was the current release, and before they expanded to the new could see adding to the Syrah was a good idea for entertaining. Beautiful property, talented people. Have tried the 2000, 07, and 09 Syrah, nothing else yet. Do have a mag of the 2010 Syrah which I h... Read More

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  • It's vintage dependent. I really liked the 2012 Syrah, somewhat more than the 2013. Same with the Mondeuse. But I don't know if it's the additional time or the vintages. I love that she's doing those and isn't replanting with Cab, which is what I'd probably do. But in the end there's also a deliciousness factor that we have to include in the eva... Read More

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  • What's your tasting note of Château Peuch Haut Presitage Rosé 2012?   Read More

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  • Chloe Red Blend 2013


    Inky purple/black hues and clear in the coloration. This wine has amazingly rich cocoa/milk chocolate aromas with background notes of molasses/toffee, super smooth oak wood and is has cream smoothness on the nostrils. Flavors follow suit, but with deep ripe, black berry goodness, vanilla bean and subtle spice. Mouthfeel is velvety, medium bod... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Vintage Ink 2013


    Vintage inky coloration, clarity is good, and just slightly brown hues around the rim. The aromas remind me of a Cab Sauv. and are of dark berry, chocolate, slightly boozy, and hints of strawberry sweetness. Flavors follow suit, and are jammy, strawberry, vanilla, woody oak and overall is nice! The mouthfeel is medium body, with smooth silky... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2008


    91 points. Well done with black fruit, dark cherry, spice (pepper), herbal and earthy tone underly anise, solid tannins (not big) and acidity that frame well. Great effort here. Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Bedrock pick up day. Case of Old Vines plus 2ea Bedrock Hertiage, Esola Vyd ... Vyd ... Vyd Zin and a Weill Syrah Three Ways 3pk. Will have to pop an old vines tonight. Monte Rosso (available next month) is tasting like a winner. Carlisle Vyd Zin was tasty as well.Compagni Portis, Monte Rosso, Carlisle, Oakville Farmhouse Heritage and a few o... Read More

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  • DMCKER - This may come off as odd, what with the conventional wisdom ... spicier reds - shiraz, syrah for body or even southern Rhone does well - Gigondas in particular for.I have a fondness for well shiraz - Hewiston, Jim Barry and the like - just a suggestion Read More

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  • Have a shipment (~2 cases) heading out of Paso on Monday, arriving here next ... ... on arrival. Lots of nice syrah, some viognier, a bit of roussanne and marsanne and a few "others" Read More

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  • 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.

    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

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