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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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93 points Wine Spectator: Aromatic and stylish, opening with violet, white pepper and subtle sweet cream notes. The core gushes with huckleberry and wild blueberry flavors, revealing shades of rosemary and apricot. Supple and smooth, with tannins hanging in the background, providing appealing… ...
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Torbreck Shiraz Barossa Valley Woodcutter's 2017  (#702344)

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

93 points Wine Spectator: Aromatic and stylish, opening with violet, white pepper and subtle sweet cream notes. The core gushes with huckleberry and wild blueberry flavors, revealing shades of rosemary and apricot. Supple and smooth, with tannins…

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99 points Jeb Dunnuck: Screaming 'Granite!' at the top of its lungs... Inky colored and packed with notions of blackberries, cassis, crushed rocks, graphite and violets, it’s full-bodied, perfectly balanced, elegant and seamless. With an iron fist in a velvet glove-like character, this heavenly 2015… ...
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Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Le Clos 2015  (#331680)

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

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: Screaming 'Granite!' at the top of its lungs... Inky colored and packed with notions of blackberries, cassis, crushed rocks, graphite and violets, it’s full-bodied, perfectly balanced, elegant and seamless. With an iron fist in…

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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Foothills Reserve is 100% Syrah from the estate vineyard located around the winery. It’s one of the more tight and reserved in the lineup, yet has tons of potential. Ripe red and black fruits, spice, smoked game, tapenade, and peppery notes all emerge from this full… ...
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Reynvaan Syrah Walla Walla Valley Foothills Reserve Estate 2015  (#331638)

Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Foothills Reserve is 100% Syrah from the estate vineyard located around the winery. It’s one of the more tight and reserved in the lineup, yet has tons of potential. Ripe red and black fruits, spice, smoked game,…

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100 points Jeb Dunnuck: A perfect wine, the 2015 Ermitage Le Méal offers straight-up otherworldly notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, licorice, scorched earth and flowers. With a huge, unctuous profile on the palate, a stacked mid-palate, sweet, sweet tannin and awesome purity, it's as good… ...
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Chapoutier Ermitage Rouge Le Meal 2015  (#331674)

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

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: A perfect wine, the 2015 Ermitage Le Méal offers straight-up otherworldly notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, licorice, scorched earth and flowers. With a huge, unctuous profile on the palate, a stacked mid-palate,…

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95 points Wine Spectator: Deeply structured yet rich and polished, with smoked meat, huckleberry and garrigue notes that jaunt toward big but refined tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 1,950 cases made. (1/30/19) ...
WS 95
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Tensley Syrah Santa Barbara County Colson Canyon Vineyard 2017  (#333741)

Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California

95 points Wine Spectator: Deeply structured yet rich and polished, with smoked meat, huckleberry and garrigue notes that jaunt toward big but refined tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 1,950 cases made. (1/30/19)

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96-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: A not yet bottled blend of 81% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Petite Sirah, and the rest Viognier and Grenache, fermented with 47% whole clusters, the 2016 Syrah Rätsel 16 is an inky colored beauty that has another level of depth and richness over the 2015. Black raspberries,… ...
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Sine Qua Non Syrah Ratsel 2016  (#334349)

Syrah/Shiraz from California

96-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: A not yet bottled blend of 81% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Petite Sirah, and the rest Viognier and Grenache, fermented with 47% whole clusters, the 2016 Syrah Rätsel 16 is an inky colored beauty that has another level of depth…

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95 points Wine Spectator: This dense red delivers cream-tinged layers of blackberry coulis, cassis and plum sauce backed by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Compact now, with fine spice, smoke and licorice notes gracing the long finish. Syrah. Best from 2014 through 2020. 250 cases… ...
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Montes Folly Syrah Colchagua Valley Apalta Vineyard 2010  (#702018)

Syrah/Shiraz from Colchagua Valley, Central Valley, Chile

95 points Wine Spectator: This dense red delivers cream-tinged layers of blackberry coulis, cassis and plum sauce backed by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Compact now, with fine spice, smoke and licorice notes gracing the long finish.…

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97 points Decanter: There is no better way to develop an understanding of the different expressions of the single vineyard sites of Côte-Rôtie than by tasting from barrel in Jean-Paul Jamet's underground bunker - especially in a vintage like 2016. 'You smell the terroir first in 2016; in 2015, you… ...
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Jamet Cote-Rotie 2016  (#334346)

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

97 points Decanter: There is no better way to develop an understanding of the different expressions of the single vineyard sites of Côte-Rôtie than by tasting from barrel in Jean-Paul Jamet's underground bunker - especially in a vintage like 2016. …

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99 points Jeb Dunnuck: Leading off the reds, the extended barrel-aged 2014 Syrah Capo Dei Putti boasts an insane bouquet of cedarwood, white chocolate, caramelized meats, candle way, and assorted red and black fruits. With full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and an incredible elegance, it… ...
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WA 96
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Sine Qua Non Syrah Capo dei Putti 2014  (#334353)

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

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: Leading off the reds, the extended barrel-aged 2014 Syrah Capo Dei Putti boasts an insane bouquet of cedarwood, white chocolate, caramelized meats, candle way, and assorted red and black fruits. With full-bodied richness, ultra…

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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Syrah Motor City Kitty... offers crazy notes of smoke tobacco, charcoal, ripe black cherries, currants, and pepper. With medium to full-bodied richness, a lively, pure, pretty style on the palate, and fine tannin, it should put on weight with 2-3 years of bottle age… ...
JD 94
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WE 92
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K Vintners Syrah Washington Motor City Kitty 2015  (#332570)

Syrah/Shiraz from Washington

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Syrah Motor City Kitty... offers crazy notes of smoke tobacco, charcoal, ripe black cherries, currants, and pepper. With medium to full-bodied richness, a lively, pure, pretty style on the palate, and fine tannin, it…

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96 points Jeb Dunnuck: Coming from the highest point in the Boushey vineyard and a mix of Syrah clones, the 2016 Motor City Kitty Old Field Boushey Vineyard was fermented all in concrete (no destemming) and brought up in neutral oak. Game, olives, white pepper, and darker fruits all emerge from this… ...
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K Vintners Syrah Washington Motor City Kitty 2016  (#334647)

Syrah/Shiraz from Washington

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: Coming from the highest point in the Boushey vineyard and a mix of Syrah clones, the 2016 Motor City Kitty Old Field Boushey Vineyard was fermented all in concrete (no destemming) and brought up in neutral oak. Game, olives,…

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96-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: I was able to taste the 2016 Hermitage from three separate tanks which are blended prior to bottling. All three samples showed brilliant purity of fruit, full body, a forward, seamless, elegant texture, and classic building minerality. This is haute couture at its finest… ...
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JS 97-98
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Chave/Jean-Louis Hermitage Rouge 2016  (#334626)

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

96-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: I was able to taste the 2016 Hermitage from three separate tanks which are blended prior to bottling. All three samples showed brilliant purity of fruit, full body, a forward, seamless, elegant texture, and classic building…

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