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

  • I spend a lot of time dissuading my toddler from eating Play-Doh. However, I ... Tempranillo buttressed by Syrah (8%), Grenache (4%) and Merlot (4%), aged for nineteen months in American oak barrels. This is a thoughtful wine from a great winery.Longoria Tempranillo Santa Ynez Valley 20 Read More

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  • Halcon Vineyards Alturas 2010


    Quite aromaticberry fruit. Not terribly fruit forwardsome cherry, raspberry. Tannin is only barely noticeable. Somewhat tart. Not particularly full-bodied. Pretty easy to drink, Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • The Abstract Red Blend is a Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah combination.  I've been drinking this David Phinney wine for years now.  It's from Orin swift and typically needs 3-4 yrs or more in the cellar to really come around. They can be quite tannic early but loaded with fruit it is very satisfying,I currently have the 2015 & 2016 and their 2... Read More

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  • I had this one, last night.To me this was a pretty surprising wine.  Not ... that bacon that many get in Syrah).  Here is what I thought was surprising:  very sedate tannin.  I would have expected mor Read More

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  • How does an iconic Napa Valley winery celebrate seventy-five years of making ... 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Syrah. It is young and full of life. Notes of cherry, plum, spice, roses, cassis, sweet tobacco, cedar, and licorice are layered on the palate. It’s rich and opulent — yet elegant — with high tannins and acidity, full body, long finish. A... Read More

    From the article Napa Valley History in a Glass

  • Copain Syrah Halcon Yorkville Highlands 2010


    Light black fruitblackberry, plum. Noticeable savoriness. I am a bit surprised, though neither disappointed nor pleased, that tannin is quite sedate. A pleasant, though not compelling wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Keenan Winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa ... ... Franc Spring Mountain, Syrah Napa Valley , Zinfandel Napa Valley, Mernet proprietary red blend, Chardonnay Napa Valley and Summer Blend (white blend).  On the estate, the winery grows: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. Th... Read More

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  • Chateauneuf-Dupape Remy Ferbas 2006


    I bought two bottles of this wine for £27 from the website ... consists of 70% grenache,20%syrah and 10% mourverde.I started the first bottle last night with my supper of meat pie.There is some cherry and bramble style fruit but the overiding impresion is how dry and austere it is.I have had better southern Rhone wines than this and for less mo... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Cuvee Gouverneur Lirac Domaine Corne-Loup 2008


    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... mourverde,and 20% syrah and was aged in oak barrels.I started the first bottle last night with my supper of bacon pasta bake.There is some cherry and bramble style fruit with a suggestion of licorice and some soft tannins.This is a wine with a beautifully reserved and structured feel about it. Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Les Courlandes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016


    I got given this bottle of wine by a work colleague.Chateauneuf-du-Pape was one ... of 60% grenache and the rest syrah,mourverde and cinsault.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken.Initially it was a little tannic but after the bottle had been open for an hour things smoothed out.There is some cherry and menthol style fr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • 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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