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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 Robert Parker: The 1990 La Chapelle is the sexy and opulent. I had the 1990 at the Jaboulet tasting, and again out of a double magnum three months ago. On both occasions it was spectacular, clearly meriting a three-digit score. The modern day equivalent of the 1961, it deserves all the… ...
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Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1990  (#335189)

3L
In stock, 1 available

Syrah/Shiraz from Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

100 points Robert Parker: The 1990 La Chapelle is the sexy and opulent. I had the 1990 at the Jaboulet tasting, and again out of a double magnum three months ago. On both occasions it was spectacular, clearly meriting a three-digit score. The modern…

3L Double Magnum | In stock, 1 available
RP 100
JD 100
RJ 98
$4500.00
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… ...
RP 96
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Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1989  (#321991)

1.5L
In stock, 3 available

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,…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 3 available
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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WS 98
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Ogier Cote-Rotie La Belle Helene Cote Rozier 2010  (#324201)

1.5L
In stock, 1 available

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…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 1 available
99 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Cote Rotie Lancement flirts with perfection, but, sadly, only six barrels (1,600 bottles) were produced. A sublime wine with a stunning nose of spring flowers, apricot marmalade, creme de cassis and raspberry liqueur, it is a full-bodied, inky, incredibly rich,… ...
RP 99
IWC 97
WS 97
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Ogier Cote-Rotie Lancement Terroir de Blonde 2010  (#324202)

1.5L
In stock, 1 available

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

99 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Cote Rotie Lancement flirts with perfection, but, sadly, only six barrels (1,600 bottles) were produced. A sublime wine with a stunning nose of spring flowers, apricot marmalade, creme de cassis and raspberry liqueur…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 1 available
RP 99
IWC 97
WS 97
100 points Decanter: ...A tasting of principal component lieux-dits Péléat, La Beaume, Les Bessards, L’Ermite and Le Méal show that quality is high. It doesn't have the same ripe generosity as 2015, but there is still real concentration in the fruit. If anything, it is more elegant, but with a tight… ...
DE 100
JD 96-99
JS 97-98
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Chave/Jean-Louis Hermitage Rouge 2016  (#334627)

1.5L
In stock, 2 available

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

100 points Decanter: ...A tasting of principal component lieux-dits Péléat, La Beaume, Les Bessards, L’Ermite and Le Méal show that quality is high. It doesn't have the same ripe generosity as 2015, but there is still real concentration in the fruit.…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 2 available
DE 100
JD 96-99
JS 97-98
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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Sine Qua Non Syrah Capo dei Putti 2014  (#334353)

750ml
In stock, 3 available

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…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available
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,… ...
JD 96-99
WA 96
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Sine Qua Non Syrah Ratsel 2016  (#334349)

750ml
In stock, 1 available

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…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
100 points Decanter: ...A tasting of principal component lieux-dits Péléat, La Beaume, Les Bessards, L’Ermite and Le Méal show that quality is high. It doesn't have the same ripe generosity as 2015, but there is still real concentration in the fruit. If anything, it is more elegant, but with a tight… ...
DE 100
JD 96-99
JS 97-98
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Chave/Jean-Louis Hermitage Rouge 2016  (#334626)

750ml
In stock, 3 available

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

100 points Decanter: ...A tasting of principal component lieux-dits Péléat, La Beaume, Les Bessards, L’Ermite and Le Méal show that quality is high. It doesn't have the same ripe generosity as 2015, but there is still real concentration in the fruit.…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available
DE 100
JD 96-99
JS 97-98
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100 points and 'Top 50 Red Wine of 2018 (#37),' Jeb Dunnuck: ..a legendary wine in the making... reminiscent of the 1990 with its full-bodied, opulently, sexy, yet concentrated style. Offering sensational notes of blackcurrants, smoked herbs, beef blood, and chocolate, it’s a huge yet elegant wine… ...
JD 100
WA 98
V 96-98
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Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 2015  (#334333)

750ml
In stock, 8 available

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

100 points and 'Top 50 Red Wine of 2018 (#37),' Jeb Dunnuck: ..a legendary wine in the making... reminiscent of the 1990 with its full-bodied, opulently, sexy, yet concentrated style. Offering sensational notes of blackcurrants, smoked herbs, beef…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 8 available
JD 100
WA 98
V 96-98
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… ...
DE 97
V 95-97
JD 94-96
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Jamet/Jean-Paul & Corinne Cote-Rotie 2016  (#334346)

750ml
Pre-arrival, 12 available

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. …

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 12 available
DE 97
V 95-97
JD 94-96
PRE-ARRIVAL
95-97 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): The barrel of the 2017 Cote Rotie La Cote Blonde I tasted from was bursting with flowers, olives and berries. It's effusive on the nose yet full-bodied and rich on the palate, with a long, velvety finish. It should be approachable soon after release yet… ...
WA 95-97
JD 95-97
V 94-96
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Rostaing Cote-Rotie Cote Blonde 2017  (#335545)

750ml
Pre-arrival, 6 available

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

95-97 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): The barrel of the 2017 Cote Rotie La Cote Blonde I tasted from was bursting with flowers, olives and berries. It's effusive on the nose yet full-bodied and rich on the palate, with a long, velvety finish.…

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 6 available
WA 95-97
JD 95-97
V 94-96
PRE-ARRIVAL
95-97+ points Jeb Dunnuck: A bigger, richer, more brooding wine, the 2017 Côte Rôtie La Landonne boasts stunning (and classic La Landonne) aromas and flavors of black fruits, smoked meat, and scorched earth. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and structured, this is one of the few 2017s that’s… ...
JD 95-97
WA 94-96
V 93-95
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Rostaing Cote-Rotie La Landonne 2017  (#335546)

750ml
Pre-arrival, 9 available

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

95-97+ points Jeb Dunnuck: A bigger, richer, more brooding wine, the 2017 Côte Rôtie La Landonne boasts stunning (and classic La Landonne) aromas and flavors of black fruits, smoked meat, and scorched earth. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and…

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 9 available
JD 95-97
WA 94-96
V 93-95
PRE-ARRIVAL
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