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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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  • Chateau Maris Syrah La Touge 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Maris Syrah La Touge 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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  • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
    d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz (375ML half-bottle) 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah (slightly torn label) 2006  Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah (slightly torn label) 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2006 Front Label
    d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2006 Front Label
    d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Earthworks Shiraz 2006 Front Label
    Earthworks Shiraz 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Elderton Command Shiraz 2006 Front Label
    Elderton Command Shiraz 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 2006 Front Label
    Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 2006 Front Label
    Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Heathcote, Victoria, Australia
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2006 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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