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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 Bionic Frog Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Spring Valley Nina Lee Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Spring Valley Nina Lee Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock 2012 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock 2012
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Domaine Jamet Cote-Rotie 2012 Front Label
    Domaine Jamet Cote-Rotie 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Big Basin Old Corral Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Big Basin Old Corral Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Kongsgaard Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Kongsgaard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2012 Front Label
    K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 2012 Front Label
    Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2012  Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah 2012  Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • DuMOL Jack Robert's Run Syrah 2012 Front Label
    DuMOL Jack Robert's Run Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2012 Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    DuMOL Eddie's Patch Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
    No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery La Cote Patriarche Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Cote Patriarche Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Delas Cote Rotie La Landonne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Delas Cote Rotie La Landonne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Cayuse Wallah Wallah Special #4 (1.5 Liter Magnum with OWC) 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse Wallah Wallah Special #4 (1.5 Liter Magnum with OWC) 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gramercy Cellars The Deuce Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Gramercy Cellars The Deuce Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
    • RP97
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