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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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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Syrah Motor City Kitty Old Field Boushey Vineyard comes all from this site (planted by Brennon and Dick Boushey in 2007) in 2015 and will come from this site going forward. The site is 8 acres consisting of Phelps, 383, 174 clones that are all co-fermented in concrete… ...

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K Vintners Syrah Washington Motor City Kitty 2015  (#332570)

Syrah/Shiraz from Washington

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

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

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 4 available
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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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
$31.95
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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… ...

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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
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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… ...

WE 91
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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, 4 available
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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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available

93 points James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion): Full crimson-purple; the back label proclaims that the Lodge Hill Vineyard is the highest in the Clare Valley at 440m (it isn't), and the wine has cool-grown nuances in its bloodstream; jet black fruits have rivulets of licorice, pepper and spice… ...

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Jim Barry Shiraz Clare Valley The Lodge Hill 2013  (#325024)

Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available
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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,… ...

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Chave/Yann Hermitage 2015  (#332300)

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Syrah River Rock is another rock star Syrah from this estate and it s just about overflowing with Rocks character. Currants, smoked herbs, olive brine and some peaty notes all give way to a ripe, concentrated, seamless beauty that has loads of charm and character.… ...

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95 points International Wine Report: ...includes 5% Viognier... The aromatic range is simply sensational with smoked meats, iron, Satsuma orange, umami, black tea as well as black olive tapenade nuances that fill the glass. The wine has wonderful elegance with a gorgeous silky mouthfeel, showcasing… ...

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92 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Opaque ruby. Powerful, smoke-accented aromas of cherry and dark berries, complicated by smoky bacon, licorice and floral qualities. Deep and broad on the palate, offering concentrated cassis and bitter cherry flavors braced and enlivened by a jolt of zesty… ...

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Chave/J.L. Selection Hermitage Farconnet 2013  (#329685)

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
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91+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Medium to deep garnet-purple, the 2012 Shay s Flat Vineyard Pyrenees Shiraz opens with a slight whiff of reduction over a core of red and black currants, loam, sage and Szechuan pepper. Tight, muscular and with a just a tad too much extraction… ...

WA 91
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Tournon (Chapoutier) Shiraz Victoria Shays Flat Vineyard 2012  (#701533)

Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
WA 91
WS 91
WE 90
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