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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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  • Sine Qua Non Patine Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Patine Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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  • Sine Qua Non Dark Blossom Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Dark Blossom Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Vignes 2011 Front Label
    Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Vignes 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Mollydooker Carnival of Love 2011 Front Label
    Mollydooker Carnival of Love 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • K Vintners Clifton Hill Syrah 2011 Front Label
    K Vintners Clifton Hill Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2011 Front Label
      Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2011 Front Label
      Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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    • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
      Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Shafer Relentless 2011 Front Label
      Shafer Relentless 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2011 Front Label
      Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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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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    • K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2011 Front Label
      K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
      Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    • Booker Vineyard Fracture Syrah 2011 Front Label
      Booker Vineyard Fracture Syrah 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Ojai White Hawk Syrah 2011 Front Label
      Ojai White Hawk Syrah 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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    • Delas Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
      Delas Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    • Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2011 Front Label
      Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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      Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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    • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
      Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (375ML half-bottle) 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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