Best Syrah Wine

Syrah

Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape grown throughout the world, used primarily in the production of red wine. Syrah is one of the most noble and most fashionable red wine grapes in the world. In 2004. Syrah was the 7th most planted varietal in the world. Today it is estimated that Syrah is now 5th most planted wine grape in the world.

Syrah has a long history in the Southern Rhone region of France of producing fine wines since Roman times. In 1998, DNA testing at UC Davis in California and Montpellier concluded that Syrah is the off-spring of two vines from southeast France, Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. Both of these vines are relatively obscure today.

Syrah or Shiraz? In its country of origin, France, it is known as Syrah. It is also labeled Syrah in the rest of Europe, United States, Argentina, Chile and New Zealand. In Australia, it is called Shiraz.

My reviews of these Syrah red wines are updated weekly. These Syrah red wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Syrah wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Syrah in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Cline Cellars Los Carneros Syrah 2006
Carneros, California, United States
Vintages Wine Panel: Deep ruby in the glass. Rich fruit on the nose, with plum, spice, cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and leather. The palate is dry, medium-full bodied with great depth, structure, spice, and tons of rich, delicious fruit. My note: I had to look twice at the price to ensure it wasn’t a typo: what a deal! These folks may be known for their zinfandel, but I love their syrah! Rich and dark with juicy dark berries, bacon and plush texture. Full-bodied with a lovely long finish. I can’t imagine a better wine for a barbecue. Syrah food pairings: braised ribs, spicy gourmet pizza. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2015  Price: $17.95 Score: 90/100

This Syrah was reviewed March 5, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

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François Villard L'appel Des Sereines Syrah 2010
A.C., Vin De Pays Des Collines Rhodaniennes, Rhône, France
Nose tickling black pepper with fleshy folds of dark plum and mystery. Liquid velvet with a few brocaded tannins along the edges. Long finish, beautifully tailored. Alcohol: 12.7%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Heavenly Hamburger Wine  Price: $17.95 Score: 91/100

This Syrah was reviewed September 14, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

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Santa Rita Reserva Syrah 2009
Maipo Valley, Chile
A dark beauty with a voluptuous, mouth-filling texture and weight. Terrific balance between fruit and structure. Syrah food pairings: red meats, pasta and cheese. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2016  Luscious Lamb Wine  Price: $15.00 Score: 88/100

This Syrah was reviewed June 22, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

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Viña Carmen Reserve Syrah 2004
Maipo Valley, Chile
Richly layered, full-bodied goodness. Aromas of black fruit, plush and round. Viña Carmen Reserve Syrah food pairings: hearty meat dishes. Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $19.95 Score: 89/100

This Viña Carmen Reserve Syrah was reviewed May 12, 2007 by Natalie MacLean

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Ogier Grenache Syrah 2008
Rhone, France
A rustic, cedary red with black cherry notes. Full-bodied and robust. Terrific value. Full-bodied with enticing dark spices and pepper notes on the finish. Grenache Syrah food pairings: See at the bottom of tasting notes. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2009‐2010Score: 87/100

This Grenache Syrah was reviewed December 1, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Syrah

Australian Shiraz is hugely popular worldwide with its full-body, deep colour, high alcohol, low tannin, fruit forward style wines. Until the late 1980s, Australia commonly used the term Hermitage but dropped this label since Hermitage is a protected French origin of designation. The Shiraz label is also commonly used in South Africa and Canada.

Syrah owes most of its claim to fame to Hermitage, the famous northern Rhone appellation in France. Extremely limited quantities from small parcels of land produced long-lived red wines that fetched high prices. Australia is the world's second largest grower of Syrah (Shiraz) and it is the number one varietal in Australia. 

The 1980s and 1990s success of such names as Lindemans, Rosemount, Jacob's Creek, Yellowtail and Wolf Blass attributed to this ranking. Shiraz is also the S in Australia's GSM blended wines, Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre, a Chateauneuf-du-Pape like blend.

Syrah has many attractive characteristics that make it such a huge success around the world. Syrah is generally disease resistant and easy growing with dark ruby colour, highly tannic, great ability to age, high acidity, attractive blackberry and dark chocolate notes. Cool- and medium-climate Syrah also produce notes of mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat and black pepper. 

Warm climate Syrah produces less tannic, higher alcohol, more pepper, less smoke , licorice, fruit forward wines. Think Aussie Shiraz from Barossa Valley. Aging brings forward leather, earthiness and wet leaf aromas.

In the southern Rhone Valley, Syrah is typically blended with Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan and/or Cinsault. It is one of the 13 permitted grapes in prestigious Chateauneuf-du-Pape. 

In Provence, Syrah is usually blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. In the northern Rhone, Syrah is rarely blended. A general rule of thumb: Syrah labeled wines take on a more elegant, smoky, tannic French style. Shiraz labeled wines a more fruit forward, sweeter, less tannic New World style.

Syrah food pairings include grilled and charred red meats, game, BBQ sauced spareribs, hamburgers and steak.