Syrah or Shiraz

Shiraz or syrah are two names for the same variety. Europe vintners only use the name syrah. Food pairings: meat (steak, beef, wild game, stews, etc.) Districts: syrah excels in California, in Australia, and in France’s Rhone Valley. Typical taste in varietal wine: aromas and flavors of wild black fruit (such as blackcurrant), with overtones of black pepper spice and roasting meat. The abundance of fruit sensations is often complemented by warm alcohol and gripping tannins. Toffee notes if present come not from the fruit but from the wine having rested in oak barrels. The shiraz variety gives hearty, spicy reds. While shiraz is used to produce many average wines it can produce some of the world’s finest, deepest, and darkest reds with intense flavors and excellent longevity. You’ll discover Syrahs of value and elegance by reading my reviews of French wines.

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  1. Paringa Sparkling Shiraz

    Paringa Sparkling Shiraz


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  2. Concannon Petite Sirah

    Concannon Petite Sirah


    Central Coast, CA- This rich, full-bodied Petite Sirah is brimming with floral notes, ripe bing cherry, and touches of blueberry on the nose. A hint of toasty oak segues into blackberry jam, cherry, and loganberry flavors on the palate. The finish is smooth and silky. Learn More
  3. The Boatman Red Wine

    The Boatman Red Wine


    California is good at making inexpensive red wine blends that taste like melted jello, but rarely do these wines possess much in the way of character. The Boatman is the bomb man! Holy smokes is this supremely delicious and super drinkable. The rare Alicante Bouschet grape, known for being one of the few red wine grapes that has red juice, leads the darkly-hued charge. Malbec and Merlot add to the saturated color profile while giving it smooth edges and extra berry punch. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah add a little dust and grip to this tasty, ultra-satisfying blend. An all purpose, all star California wine for just about any occasion. Learn More
  4. 2010 Chateau Maris Les Planels

    2010 Chateau Maris Les Planels


    92 POINTS The largest scaled in the lineup, and also the most modern, with noticeable sweet oak, the 2009 Château Maris Syrah Les Planels is 100% Syrah, from the estate’s top plots, that was aged for 12 months in oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Formerly known as their Old Vine Syrah, it exhibits terrific aromatics of crème de cassis, raspberry liqueur, smoked beef, spice-cabinet and hints of bacon fat that carry into a full-bodied, gorgeously proportioned and balanced Syrah. This too needs an hour of air to shine, has fantastic richness, and a juicy, lively finish and overall feel that keeps you coming back for more. It will drink well for upwards of 5-8 years, possibly even longer. (92 pts) index.png Learn More
  5. Mettler Petite Sirah 2013

    Mettler Petite Sirah 2013


    For a wine from a sometimes rough-edged variety, this is especially smooth, sculpted and drinkable. That's not to deny that it's intense in color, full bodied and firm textured. But the tannins feel polished so the texture is smooth, letting ripe blackberry and boysenberry flavors come out. Learn More
  6. 2009 Regina di Renieri Toscana

    2009 Regina di Renieri Toscana


    Wine Spectator 94 points: A powerful, brooding red, with effusive blackberry, plum, leather, spice and saline flavors. A lush texture and ample fruit covers the structure, but there are abundant tannins lurking underneath. The finish picks up earth and mineral elements. Syrah. Best from 2015 through 2030. 1,000 cases made Learn More
  7. 2012/13 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz

    2012/13 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz


    Dark and rich, supple and silky, brimming with blackberry and black cherry flavors that show a hint of pomegranate as the finish wraps gently around the fruit. This has a wonderful open texture to let the flavors sing. Drink now through 2016. 6,350 cases made. – Learn More
  8. 2005 Domaine Duclaux- Cote Rotie

    2005 Domaine Duclaux- Cote Rotie


    Wine Spector: 92 points

    A gutsy style, with lots of braised fig, black trumpet mushroom, roasted chestnut, briar, maduro tobacco and dark olive notes all weaving together on the grippy, slightly roasted finish. Best from 2011 through 2016. 1,500 cases made

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  9. 2011 Mollydooker Carnival Love Shiraz

    2011 Mollydooker Carnival Love Shiraz


    Dense, rich and distinctive, this is superplush and complex, yet also approachable, wrapping its black cherry, cassis, licorice and roasted meat flavors on a supple, velvety frame. Finishes long and creamy in texture. Drink now through 2020. 6,328 cases made Learn More
  10. Shafer Relentless 2013

    Shafer Relentless 2013


    Pull the cork on this vintage and you'll find an inky, liquid feast - aromas and flavors of meat and game, briar fruit, morels, boysenberry, grilled blueberries and cinnamon. The acidity gives this otherwise deep, dark wine a liveliness that offer engaging pleasure. The ripe, silky tannins offer tremendous promise for things to come after years in the cellar. Learn More
  11. 2011 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz

    2011 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz


    Rich, supple, complex and expressive, this is dense with smoky blackberry, wild blueberry, tomato leaf and exotic spice complexity, finishing seamlessly with refined tannins and just enough acidity to keep it all together. Shows tremendous presence. Best from 2015 through 2025. 925 cases made. Learn More

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