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Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world. DNA profiling in 1999 found Syrah to be the offspring of two obscure grapes from southeastern France, Dureza and Mondeuse blanche, and it should not be confused with Petite Sirah, a synonym for Durif, a cross of Syrah with Peloursin dating from 1880. Syrah is used as a varietal and is also blended. Following several years of strong planting, Syrah was estimated in 2004 to be the world's 7th most grown grape at 142,600 hectares (352,000 acres). It can be found throughout the globe from France to New World wine regions such as Chile, South Africa, the Hawke's Bay in New Zealand, California, Washington and in several Australian wine regions such as Barossa, Coonawarra, Hunter Valley, Margaret River and McLaren Vale.

As always, the style and flavor profile of wines made from Syrah is influenced by the climate where the grapes are grown, as well as the hand of the winemaker in the cellar, and these styles are primarily expressed in terms of traditional, Old World vs. modern, New World. The grape's ancestral home is the northern Rhône Valley, where the moderate climate produces medium to full-bodied wines with medium-plus to high levels of tannins and flavors of blackberry, mint and black pepper. The epitome of quality and expression is undoubtedly the minerally, violet-perfumed profile produced on the Hermitage hill, but the warmer Côte Rôtie produces a thrillingly masculine, gamey version which typically displays denser, deeper black fruit, as well as smoke, wild game, and tobacco notes. The northern Rhône AOCs of Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, and Cornas all produce admirable, if not as profound, versions, each with their own mark of regional identity and terroir. This traditional style of Syrah is also regarded as the most age-worthy with wines often required up to 20 years of cellar time to reach their fullest potential.

The modern, New World style of Syrah is unquestionably Australian Shiraz, as the grape is known Down Under. Some of the oldest Syrah vines in the world are planted in Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. These hot climates produce big, boldly spicy wines with ripe black fruit character and underlying notes of chocolate and espresso. These wines are also notably higher in alcohol content and have softer tannins than their Old World counterparts, a result of both climate and harvesting practices in the vineyard. Syrah in the United States generally follows the New World blueprint, with some subtle distinctions based on origin. Wines from California's warmer climates, such as Paso Robles and Napa, exhibit very similar profiles to Australian Shiraz, while cooler climates in Santa Barbara turn out more balanced wines with restrained fruit, enhanced spice profile, and elegant but full textures. Syrah wines from Washington State, especially the Walla Walla Valley AVA, are known for their prediliction towards an Old World profile, while still maintaining a bit of the modern fruit expression. These wines can often exhibit the meaty, earthy character of the northern Rhône along with an herbacious side sometimes found in cooler climates of Australia, like Hunter or Clare Valleys.

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100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Coming entirely from the Eleven Confessions Estate Vineyard and composed of 89% Syrah, 6% Petite Sirah, 3% Grenache and 2% Viognier, using 28% whole cluster, the 2013 Syrah Le Supplement is just starting to evolve into beguiling earthy/meaty tertiary… ...
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Sine Qua Non Syrah Sta. Rita Hills Le Supplement 2013  (#331746)

Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast, California

[ 100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Coming entirely from the Eleven Confessions Estate Vineyard and composed of 89% Syrah, 6% Petite Sirah, 3% Grenache and 2% Viognier, using 28% whole cluster, the 2013 Syrah Le Supplement is just starting to evolve into beguiling earthy/meaty tertiary notes with suggestions of sandalwood, mossy bark, black soil, patchouli and salami over a core of blackberry compote, preserved plums, mincemeat pie and star anise with a touch of dried lavender. Rich, concentrated and decadent, the full-bodied, opulent palate explodes with black fruits preserves peppered by meaty/savory nuances and culminating in epically lingering exotic spice notes. 866 cases, 228 magnums and 30 double magnums were produced. Drink: 2018-2038. (Sep 2017) ] 100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Coming entirely from the Eleven Confessions Estate Vineyard and composed of 89% Syrah, 6% Petite Sirah, 3% Grenache and 2% Viognier, using 28% whole cluster, the 2013 Syrah Le Supplement is just…

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94 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): This wine is almost too good to be true... 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache... reminded me of a mini Syrah from California's Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $14 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It's a ripe, sexy, heady beauty that exhibits a deep, purple color as well… ...
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Lafage Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes Bastide Miraflors V.V. 2015  (#331556)

Syrah/Shiraz from Cotes Catalanes, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

[ 94 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): This wine is almost too good to be true... 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache... reminded me of a mini Syrah from California's Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $14 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It's a ripe, sexy, heady beauty that exhibits a deep, purple color as well as killer notes of smoked meats, chocolate, blackberry and black raspberries. Deep, unctuous, open knit and layered, it continues to change in the glass, has a seamless and silky profile... 2017-2021. (Apr 2017) ] 94 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): This wine is almost too good to be true... 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache... reminded me of a mini Syrah from California's Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $14 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It's a ripe, sexy, heady…

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91-93 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): Graillot's 2016 Crozes Hermitage (tasted from tank) will be bottled at the end of January. It's floral and stemmy, with dark berry fruit and some tea-like notes on the silky finish. This medium to full-bodied wine should be almost ready to drink upon… ...
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Graillot/Alain Crozes-Hermitage 2016  (#333094)

Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 91-93 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): Graillot's 2016 Crozes Hermitage (tasted from tank) will be bottled at the end of January. It's floral and stemmy, with dark berry fruit and some tea-like notes on the silky finish. This medium to full-bodied wine should be almost ready to drink upon release and drink well for up to a decade. Drink: 2020-2030. (Dec 2017) ] 91-93 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): Graillot's 2016 Crozes Hermitage (tasted from tank) will be bottled at the end of January. It's floral and stemmy, with dark berry fruit and some tea-like notes on the silky finish. This medium to full…

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93 points Wine Spectator: Intense, with a racy graphite edge driving the core of crushed plum and cherry fruit along. Dried anise, fruitcake and black tea notes run along the edges, adding range and texture. Drink now through 2026. 1,000 cases made. (7/25/18) ...
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Chave/J.L. Selection St-Joseph Offerus 2015  (#332520)

Syrah/Shiraz from St.-Joseph, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 93 points Wine Spectator: Intense, with a racy graphite edge driving the core of crushed plum and cherry fruit along. Dried anise, fruitcake and black tea notes run along the edges, adding range and texture. Drink now through 2026. 1,000 cases made. (7/25/18) ] 93 points Wine Spectator: Intense, with a racy graphite edge driving the core of crushed plum and cherry fruit along. Dried anise, fruitcake and black tea notes run along the edges, adding range and texture. Drink now through 2026. 1,000 cases made. …

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90 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Saturated ruby. Lively, spice-accented aromas of cassis, licorice, violet and tobacco. Dense, juicy and intensely flavored, with energetic red and blackberry qualities and licorice and floral pastille nuances. Firm tannins add shape to the gently… ...
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Chave/J.L. Selection Hermitage Farconnet 2008  (#329096)

Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 90 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Saturated ruby. Lively, spice-accented aromas of cassis, licorice, violet and tobacco. Dense, juicy and intensely flavored, with energetic red and blackberry qualities and licorice and floral pastille nuances. Firm tannins add shape to the gently sweet finish. (Mar 2012) ] 90 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Saturated ruby. Lively, spice-accented aromas of cassis, licorice, violet and tobacco. Dense, juicy and intensely flavored, with energetic red and blackberry qualities and licorice and floral…

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98-100 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): After tasting several intermediate blends that will ultimately be combined in some proportion to create the 2015 Hermitage, I would not be surprised to see the final result achieve perfection. Although massively ripe and concentrated, there is still a… ...
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Chave/Jean-Louis Hermitage Rouge 2015  (#332517)

Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 98-100 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): After tasting several intermediate blends that will ultimately be combined in some proportion to create the 2015 Hermitage, I would not be surprised to see the final result achieve perfection. Although massively ripe and concentrated, there is still a feeling of balance and elegance in the wines that I fully expect to carry over into the final product. As the blending process isn t complete, Jean-Louis warned that it was too early to say if there would be a Cuvée Cathelin, which is typically an outstanding parcel that, for some reason, doesn t work in the rest of the blend. Drink: 2025-2040. (Dec 2017) ] 98-100 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): After tasting several intermediate blends that will ultimately be combined in some proportion to create the 2015 Hermitage, I would not be surprised to see the final result achieve perfection. Although…

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94 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Opaque ruby. A deeply perfumed, complex bouquet evokes ripe, spice-tinged cherry and boysenberry, along with complicating suggestions of potpourri, incense and smoky bacon. Sappy and expressive in character, offering palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur and… ...
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Faurie/Bernard Hermitage Bessards & Meal 2015  (#332849)

Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 94 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Opaque ruby. A deeply perfumed, complex bouquet evokes ripe, spice-tinged cherry and boysenberry, along with complicating suggestions of potpourri, incense and smoky bacon. Sappy and expressive in character, offering palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur and violet pastille flavors that are underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding clarity and spicy lift on the youthfully tannic, floral-accented finish... Drink: 2026-2036. (Apr 2018) ] 94 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Opaque ruby. A deeply perfumed, complex bouquet evokes ripe, spice-tinged cherry and boysenberry, along with complicating suggestions of potpourri, incense and smoky bacon. Sappy and expressive in character, offering…

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95 points Wine Spectator: Solidly packed, with a bramble-edged core of dark plum, bitter cherry and black currant fruit, inlaid with bay leaf and savory notes. The serious chalky grip through the finish will need some time to stretch out. Shows terrific interplay between the grip and fruit. Best… ...
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Clape Cornas 2014  (#329161)

Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 95 points Wine Spectator: Solidly packed, with a bramble-edged core of dark plum, bitter cherry and black currant fruit, inlaid with bay leaf and savory notes. The serious chalky grip through the finish will need some time to stretch out. Shows terrific interplay between the grip and fruit. Best from 2020 through 2030. 207 cases imported. (5/31/17) ] 95 points Wine Spectator: Solidly packed, with a bramble-edged core of dark plum, bitter cherry and black currant fruit, inlaid with bay leaf and savory notes. The serious chalky grip through the finish will need some time to stretch out. Shows…

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97 points Wine Advocate: In the debut vintage for this bottling, the 2015 Cote Rotie Neve makes a huge splash. It has that unique Côte Rôtie trait of being full-bodied and authoritatively flavorful while also being light on its feet and seemingly weightless. Pervasive mocha and raspberry notes start… ...
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Chapoutier Cote-Rotie Neve 2015  (#331677)

Syrah/Shiraz from Côte-Rôtie, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 97 points Wine Advocate: In the debut vintage for this bottling, the 2015 Cote Rotie Neve makes a huge splash. It has that unique Côte Rôtie trait of being full-bodied and authoritatively flavorful while also being light on its feet and seemingly weightless. Pervasive mocha and raspberry notes start strong, persist through the creamy-textured mid-palate and linger on the lush, layered finish. Drink: 2020-2040. (Dec 2017) -Joe Czerwinski ] 97 points Wine Advocate: In the debut vintage for this bottling, the 2015 Cote Rotie Neve makes a huge splash. It has that unique Côte Rôtie trait of being full-bodied and authoritatively flavorful while also being light on its feet and seemingly…

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94 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): ...Possessing lots of gamy, olive, peppery, lavender and salted meats, with a core of ripe plum and darker fruits, this beauty is full-bodied, supple, polished and utterly seamless, with no hard edges and a clean, focused finish that keeps you coming back to… ...
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Gramercy Syrah Columbia Valley 2013  (#328956)

Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington

[ 94 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): ...Possessing lots of gamy, olive, peppery, lavender and salted meats, with a core of ripe plum and darker fruits, this beauty is full-bodied, supple, polished and utterly seamless, with no hard edges and a clean, focused finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. Buy this beauty by the case and drink it over the coming decade. (Jun 2016) ] 94 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): ...Possessing lots of gamy, olive, peppery, lavender and salted meats, with a core of ripe plum and darker fruits, this beauty is full-bodied, supple, polished and utterly seamless, with no hard edges and a…

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100 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is perfection. In this vintage, Ogier cut back the barrel aging time from 32 months in largely new oak casks to 18 months. Ogier s remarkable flexibility depending on vintage conditions and the quality of the fruit is admirable. He thinks… ...
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Ogier Cote-Rotie La Belle Helene Cote Rozier 2010  (#324201)

Syrah/Shiraz from Côte-Rôtie, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 100 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is perfection. In this vintage, Ogier cut back the barrel aging time from 32 months in largely new oak casks to 18 months. Ogier s remarkable flexibility depending on vintage conditions and the quality of the fruit is admirable. He thinks this may be the greatest bottle of wine he has ever made, and it s hard to disagree. An inky/purple color is followed by notes of pen ink, graphite, forest floor, licorice and abundant black and blue fruits. There is little evidence of new oak because of the extravagant richness and wealth of ripe fruit. The tannins, acidity, alcohol and wood are perfectly integrated into this exceptional wine. It will benefit from 5-6 years of cellaring and keep for 25-30+ years. (Dec 2012) ] 100 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is perfection. In this vintage, Ogier cut back the barrel aging time from 32 months in largely new oak casks to 18 months. Ogier s remarkable flexibility depending on vintage conditions…

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96 points Robert Parker: This fabulous, blockbuster has been totally unevolved since bottling, but at the Jaboulet tasting, it was beginning to reveal some of its formidable potential. A saturated opaque purple color is followed by aromas of cassis, minerals, and hot bricks/wood fire. Super-ripe and… ...
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Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1989  (#321991)

Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 96 points Robert Parker: This fabulous, blockbuster has been totally unevolved since bottling, but at the Jaboulet tasting, it was beginning to reveal some of its formidable potential. A saturated opaque purple color is followed by aromas of cassis, minerals, and hot bricks/wood fire. Super-ripe and full-bodied, with a massive mid-section, teeth-staining extract, and mouth-searing tannin, it is a monster-sized La Chapelle. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2050. (Jun 2000) ] 96 points Robert Parker: This fabulous, blockbuster has been totally unevolved since bottling, but at the Jaboulet tasting, it was beginning to reveal some of its formidable potential. A saturated opaque purple color is followed by aromas of cassis,…

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