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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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91 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: The approachable nose of this wine shows baked blackberry pie in vanilla crust, with touches of dried purple flowers. The palate is similarly crowd-pleasing, with dark berry and baking spice flavors given intriguing depth through hints of game and… ...

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Andrew Murray Syrah Santa Ynez Valley Tous les Jours 2015  (#330629)

Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
WE 91
CGV 89
JD 88
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96 points Jeb Dunnuck: ...89% Syrah and 11% Petit Sirah... a killer bottle of wine that offers decadent notes of blackcurrants, barbecued meats, seaweed wrapper, lavender, exotic pepper, and liquid smoke. This is a rich, unctuous Rhône inspired blend that packs serious amounts of fruit and richness,… ...

JD 96
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Shafer Relentless Napa Valley 2014  (#330579)

Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 8 available
JD 96
AG 94
WE 93

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… ...

WA 94
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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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

Syrah and Grenache. Deep garnet appearance with hints of violet. Supple and fruit loaded, with medium-bodied richness. Aromatic, spicy with a fabulously generous weight. The finish is long and delicate. ...

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Maris Syrah-Grenache Minervois La Liviniere Natural Selection 2013  (#330100)

Syrah/Shiraz from Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 11 available

93 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: The price-to-flavor ratio on this bottling is astounding, as this blend of 55% Syrah, 27% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah and 5% Petite Verdot offers all that Paso power at half the price. Intense black currant, blackberry pie, beef jerky and caramel… ...

WE 93
TP 93
CGV 90
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Ancient Peaks Renegade Paso Robles 2015  (#329467)

Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
WE 93
TP 93
CGV 90
$19.95
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Syrah The Pundit (88% Syrah, 6% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier) continues to over-deliver in every vintage, showing loads of dark, earthy fruits, pepper and hints of olives in a medium to full-bodied, pure, layered style. It tastes like an… ...

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Tenet Syrah Columbia Valley The Pundit 2015  (#331604)

Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington

750ml Bottle | In stock, 9 available
WA 92
JD 91
WE 91
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: ...(made in tiny quantities), the inky colored 2015 Hermitage from Yann Chave comes all from the Les Beaumes lieu-dit and was completely destemmed and brought up in demi-muids. It is a rich, concentrated, yet structured Hermitage that's going to require patience. Cassis,… ...

JD 95
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Chave/Yann Hermitage 2015  (#332300)

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
JD 95
V 93-94
JG 93

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
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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… ...

WS 95
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Montes Folly Syrah Colchagua Valley Apalta Vineyard 2010  (#702018)

Syrah/Shiraz from Colchagua Valley, Central Valley, Chile

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12 available
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93 points and 'Year's Best Northern Rhone,' Wine & Spirits: A dynamic St-Joseph from Louis Barruol, this wine is powered by the mouthwatering pucker of sour cherries and pomegranate and a deep growl of tannins. Light and dark, lush and strict, the components keep the wine in a constant, enticing… ...

W&S 93
WA 91-93
V 91-93
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Saint Cosme St-Joseph 2015  (#331273)

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
W&S 93
WA 91-93
V 91-93
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$35.00
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92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2015 Syrah Estate is a powerful, intense wine that captures the natural intensity of its Ballard Canyon site. Today, the tannins are a bit fierce, but there is good purity and depth to the dark, red-toned fruit. Floral notes offer brightness and perfume with… ...

AG 92
JD 90
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Stolpman Syrah Ballard Canyon Estate 2015  (#330776)

Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Central Coast, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12 available
$26.95
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98 points Jeb Dunnuck: Seemingly more Hermitage-like compared to the more Côte-Rôtie styled 2016, the 2015 Syrah Greywacke Vineyard Eddie's Patch offers in-your-face notes of blue fruits, graphite, ozone/lite gunpowder, and background meatiness. It s a deep, serious wine that has a stacked mid… ...

JD 98
WA 93
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DuMol Syrah Russian River Valley Eddie's Patch 2015  (#331370)

Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 5 available
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