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Syrah / Shiraz Wine

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah, also known as Shiraz, 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 and Shiraz wine 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.

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.

Tasting Notes for Syrah / Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz 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 / Shiraz

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 / Shiraz

Syrah once played a role as a blending partner to the austere Cabernet in Bordeaux as it added some body and texture. Now, Australians are fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2011
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2011 Front Label
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    K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2011
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    K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2011
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  • Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier L Block Shiraz 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier L Block Shiraz 2011
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  • Spring Valley Nina Lee Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Spring Valley Nina Lee Syrah 2011
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  • Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2011 Front Label
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  • Efeste Ceidleigh Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Efeste Ceidleigh Syrah 2011
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2011 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Owen Roe Chapel Block Red Willow Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Owen Roe Chapel Block Red Willow Vineyard Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Westerly Cote Blonde 2011 Front Label
    Westerly Cote Blonde 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Guigal La Landonne Cote Rotie 2011 Front Label
    Guigal La Landonne Cote Rotie 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Matthews Winery Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Matthews Winery Syrah 2011
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    K Vintners The Deal Syrah 2011
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  • L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah 2011 Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 2011  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge 2011 Front Label
    Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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    Wrath KW Ranch Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2011
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    Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
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    Delas Hermitage Les Bessards (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
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  • Lagier Meredith Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Lagier Meredith Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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    Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 2011
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