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Syrah / Shiraz

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

Tasting Notes for Syrah

Syrah is a dry, red wine that typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Food Pairings for Syrah

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secrets for Syrah

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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    Angove Family Winemakers The Medhyk Shiraz 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    Ampelos Cellars Gamma: The Complex Syrah 2012
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    Baker Lane Sonoma Coast Cuvee Syrah 2012
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    Obsidian Ridge Syrah 2012
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    Penner-Ash Oregon Syrah 2012
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    Gramercy Cellars The Deuce Syrah 2012
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    Margerum Uber Syrah 2012
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    Le Macchiole Scrio 2012
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    Margerum Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Foxen Williamson Dore Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Ramey Rodgers Creek Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Stolpman Vineyards Angeli 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Dutton-Goldfield Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Chasseur Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Charles Heintz Sonoma Coast Syrah 2012
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    Larner Estate Syrah 2012
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    Owen Roe Chapel Block Red Willow Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2012
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    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2012
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    Shane The Villain Syrah 2012
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    No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Syrah 2012
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    K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2012
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    K Vintners The Hustler Syrah 2012
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