Syrah Wines

Syrah Wines

Syrah Wines

Taking but a cursory glance at a Syrah grape cluster reveals the cosmically deep hue of its wines. As a grape varietal, Syrah is grown in many places across the globe, as a core component of many exceptional and compelling red wines. While it’s primarily associated with France (where it’s masterfully used in regions such as the Rhône Valley), Syrah sees a healthy representation in California, Washington, Chile, New Zealand, and quite a few locations in Australia.

Because the grape is nurtured across so many regions, there are often many subtle differences between Syrah wines that tell of their terroir. A Syrah that was grown in the northern part of the Rhône valley may produce a medium or full-bodied wine, with higher levels of tannin and a flavor laced with lush blackberry, sharp black pepper and refreshing, courageous mint. On the other hand, Syrah wines originating from certain regions in Australia (where the climate is considerably hotter) are consistently jammier and full-bodied, with less overwhelming tannin representation. A sampling of one of these can reveal an undercutting of leathery flavor and some delightful licorice.

In most cases, Syrah wines age incredibly well, owing to their higher acidity and often high tannin. This makes them an excellent addition to a collection if you can find some great vintage bottles – perhaps a bottle of Astralis Vineyard Syrah or a Brookman Vineyard Syrah? There are many viable choices, thanks to how well the wines age. The nuances and character they develop over time can leave you astounded, as you discover new flavor notes and textures with each sampling.
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  1. 1997 penfolds grange hermitage Australia Red
    1997 Penfolds Grange Hermitage
    94
    RP
    The 1997 Grange (a blend of 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon) looks to be a classic Grange, although slightly softer and more forward than the backward 1996. The saturated purp..." Learn More
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    As low as $499.00
  2. 2004 D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz
    2004 D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz
    95+
    RP
    The renowned 2004 Shiraz The Dead Arm, fashioned from ancient head-pruned vines, is stunning. An inky/purple color is accompanied by a glorious perfume of creosote/melted road tar,..." Learn More
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    As low as $969.00
  3. 2004 mitolo shiraz savitar Australia Red
    2004 Mitolo Shiraz Savitar
    98
    RP
    Bordering on perfection is the 2004 Shiraz Savitar. Made from 30- to 50-year-old vines, and aged 18 months in 100% new French hogsheads as well as smaller barriques, it boasts an o..." Learn More
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    As low as $89.00
  4. 2008 martinelli syrah hop barn hill California Red
    2008 Martinelli Syrah Hop Barn Hill
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    As low as $59.95
  5. 2008 martinelli syrah zio tony ranch gianna marie California Red
    2008 Martinelli Syrah Zio Tony Ranch Gianna Marie
    92
    VM
    Deep ruby. Rich cherry and blackberry aromas are complemented by black cardamom, spicecake and licorice. Deeply concentrated, powerful dark berry compote flavors pick up a slow-bui..." Learn More
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    As low as $49.95
  6. 2009 martinelli syrah zio tony ranch gianna marie California Red
    2009 Martinelli Syrah Zio Tony Ranch Gianna Marie
    94
    JD
    A blockbuster Syrah, the 2009 Martinelli Syrah Zio Tony Ranch "Gianna Marie", a blend of 100% Syrah aged in 90% new French oak, possesses a ripe, exuberant bouquet of bla..." Learn More
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    As low as $48.95
  7. 2009 martinelli syrah lolita ranch California Red
    2009 Martinelli Syrah Lolita Ranch
    93
    RP
    Medium to deep garnet-purple in color and a little closed at this stage, the 2009 Syrah Lolita Ranch opens out to crushed black cherries, warm blackberries and forest floor with to..." Learn More
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    As low as $54.95
  8. 2010 sine qua non five shooter (syrah) California Red
    2010 Sine Qua Non Five Shooter (Syrah)
    98+
    RP
    The 2010 Syrah Five Shooter is straight up gorgeous. A massive wine that somehow holds everything together, it offers a wild array of cassis, blackberry, white chocolate, underbrus..." Learn More
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    As low as $395.00
  9. 2015 pax cellars syrah griffin's lair California Red
    2015 Pax Cellars Syrah Griffin's Lair
    95
    VM
    One of the many highlights of this range, Pax's 2015 Syrah Griffin's Lair Vineyard is powerful and explosive in the glass, conveying a compelling sense of vertical energy. Dried fl..." Learn More
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  10. 2016 k vintners syrah the cattle king Washington Red
    2016 K Vintners Syrah The Cattle King
    97+
    JD
    The 2016 Syrah Cattle King Upland Vineyard comes from Snipes Mountain and has a singular, pretty, fresh style with more obvious acidity as well as tannins, yet it still stays in th..." Learn More
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  11. 2016 shafer relentless syrah California Red
    2016 Shafer Relentless Syrah
    96
    JD
    I’ve consistently loved the Relentless cuvée from this team, which is always from a single vineyard and is Syrah-dominated, with about 10% Petite Sirah in the blend. T..." Learn More
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    As low as $89.99
  12. 2016 colgin ix syrah California Red
    2016 Colgin IX Syrah
    100
    JD
    Lastly, the 2016 Syrah IX Estate reminds me of the otherworldly 2010 and is as profound as Syrah gets. Tasting like Guigal’s Côte Rôtie La Mouline (maybe on stero..." Learn More
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    As low as $349.00
  13. 2016 k vintners syrah milbrandt Washington Red
    2016 K Vintners Syrah Milbrandt
    93
    JD
    From a site on the Wahluke Slope, the 2016 Syrah Milbrandt reveals a ruby/plum color as well as evolved, Graves-like aromas of tobacco, earth, iron, and asphalt, with plenty of ear..." Learn More
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    As low as $28.95
  14. 2017 colgin ix syrah California Red
    2017 Colgin IX Syrah
    99
    JD
    Lastly, and all destemmed aged 18 months in roughly 70% new French oak, the 2017 Syrah IX Estate needs to be tasted to be believed. It’s hard to understand how this incredibl..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
  15. 2017 best's great western thomson family shiraz Australia Red
    2017 Best's Great Western Thomson Family Shiraz
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    As low as $149.00
  16. 2017 cayuse syrah armada vineyard Washington Red
    2017 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard
    97+
    JD
    The Armada Vineyard Syrah always reminds me of the Horsepower releases, as it’s a more masculine, earthy style of Syrah. Deep plum/purple-colored with an incredible bouquet o..." Learn More
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    As low as $165.00
  17. 2017 penfolds shiraz bin 798 rwt Australia Red
    2017 Penfolds Shiraz Bin 798 RWT
    96
    DEC
    A deep, dark, brooding ruby in colour, this RWT 2017 (from 'Red Winemaking Trial' originally developed in 1995) displays an intense yet subtly peppery and tarry fragrance with an a..." Learn More
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    As low as $279.00
  18. 2018 joyce vineyards tondra grapefield syrah santa lucia highlands California Red
    2018 Joyce Vineyards Tondra Grapefield Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands
    95
    WE
    This is an exuberant and crunchy display of cool-climate Syrah from a vineyard planted in 1997, starting with aromas of bay leaf, wild herb, peppercorns, coffee husks, raw lamb and..." Learn More
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    As low as $26.99
  19. 2018 sine qua non ziehharmonika syrah California Red
    2018 Sine Qua Non Ziehharmonika Syrah
    98-100
    RP
    Manfred Krankl did point out that the name of this wine is not definitely but probably going to be “Squeezebox.” There are still a bunch of hoops to jump through before..." Learn More
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    As low as $269.00
  20. 2018 levo under the gun syrah California Red
    2018 LEVO Under the Gun Syrah
    96
    JD
    The Syrah-dominated release from this estate, the 2018 Under the Gun Syrah checks in as 88% Syrah and 12% Petite Sirah aged in 50% new French oak. Dense purple-colored, with a bloc..." Learn More
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    As low as $49.00
  21. 2018 Joyce Vineyards Tondra Grapefield Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands
    2018 Joyce Vineyards Tondra Grapefield Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands
    95
    WE
    This is an exuberant and crunchy display of cool-climate Syrah from a vineyard planted in 1997, starting with aromas of bay leaf, wild herb, peppercorns, coffee husks, raw lamb and..." Learn More
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    As low as $26.99
  22. 2018 cayuse syrah cailloux vineyard Washington Red
    2018 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard
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