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. 1986 Penfolds Grange Hermitage Australia Red 750 ml
    1986 Penfolds Grange Hermitage - 750 ml
    98+
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    Availability: In Stock
    One of my favorite wines from Penfolds, the 1986 (a blend of 87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon) is one of the most powerful Granges produced (14+% alcohol). At age 23, it reminds me of the way it tasted around 9 years of age. Inky/purpl..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $749.00
  2. 2001 Torbreck Run Rig Australia Red 750 ml
    2001 Torbreck Run Rig - 750 ml
    99+
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The youngest Run Rig, the 2001, should equal the 1998 as it is almost a clone aromatically, texturally, and flavor-wise, just much younger. This opaque purple-colored beauty should flirt with perfection over the next 10-15 years.

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    - 750 ml
    $199.00
  3. 2002 Rusden Shiraz Black Guts Australia Red 750 ml
    2002 Rusden Shiraz Black Guts - 750 ml
    96
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    A fabulous offering is the 2002 Shiraz Black Guts. Made from 36-year-old vines cropped at 1-2 tons of fruit per acre, it boasts an inky/purple color followed by a sumptuous nose of blueberries, blackberries, cold steel, acacia flowers, and ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $67.95
  4. 2004 Torbreck Run Rig Australia Red 1.5L
    2004 Torbreck Run Rig - 1.5L
    99+
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    Availability: In Stock
    ...Saturated opaque purple/black, it has a remarkably kinky, exotic perfume of fresh asphalt, pencil lead, smoke, pepper, game, blueberry and black raspberry. Full-bodied and voluptuous in the mouth, the wine is dense and packed, with amazi..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $419.00
  5. 2006 Sine Qua Non A Shot In The Dark (Syrah) California Red 750 ml
    2006 Sine Qua Non A Shot In The Dark (Syrah) - 750 ml
    100
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    ...this prodigious red exhibits incredibly velvety tannins, a seamless style, and no noticeable oak (which is remarkable given the fact it spent 32 months in barrel). Dense purple to the rim with an extraordinary perfume of blueberry pie, b..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $719.00
  6. 2009 Clarendon Hills Astralis Australia Red 750 ml
    2009 Clarendon Hills Astralis - 750 ml
    97
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Astralis presents a very fruity, floral nose with lifted notes of blueberries. The palate is concentrated with a slight prune character and has very crisp acidity... Drink it now to 2027+.

    Rob..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $189.00
  7. 2010 Penfolds Grange Hermitage Australia Red 1.5L
    2010 Penfolds Grange Hermitage - 1.5L
    100
    JS
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2010 Grange arrives with much expectation and does not disappoint. This is a powerhouse, structurally superior to both the 2009 and 2008 vintages and breathtakingly dense, long and precise. The nose has cola, blackberry, vanillin, hard ..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $2,149.00
  8. 2010 Clarendon Hills Astralis Australia Red 750 ml
    2010 Clarendon Hills Astralis - 750 ml
    100
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    ...aromas of black plums, blueberry compote and blackcurrant liqueur with a savory and baking spice undercurrent plus a fragrant whiff of violets. Very structured, fine and complex in the medium to full-bodied mouth, this wine is revealing ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $275.00
  9. 2011 Donelan Family Wines Syrah Walker Vine Hill California Red 750 ml
    2011 Donelan Family Wines Syrah Walker Vine Hill - 750 ml
    92+
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    ...Here the flavors are dark, rich and enveloping, with hints of blue/blackish fruit, smoke, cloves and licorice that open up in the glass. Layers of intensely spiced black fruits saturate the palate on a finish laced with sweet floral note..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $49.99
  10. 2011 Donelan Family Wines Syrah Cuvee Keltie California Red 750 ml
    2011 Donelan Family Wines Syrah Cuvee Keltie - 750 ml
    93
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    ...The wine reveals a chocolaty, smoky, bacon-scented nose that at first suggests a French Cote Rotie, but as it hits the palate with its full-bodied creme de cassis, blackberry, charcoal and graphite personality, it moves more toward a sin..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $53.95
  11. 2011 Donelan Family Wines Syrah Richard's Vineyard California Red 750 ml
    2011 Donelan Family Wines Syrah Richard's Vineyard - 750 ml
    95
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    The 2011 Syrah Richard’s Family is a powerful, rich wine that spent 36 months in wood. It boasts lots of blackberry, black currant, licorice, forest floor and truffle-like notes. Opulent and full-bodied, it is an incredible success fo..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $54.99
  12. 2011 Donelan Family Wines Syrah Obsidian Vineyard California Red 750 ml
    2011 Donelan Family Wines Syrah Obsidian Vineyard - 750 ml
    95
    JD
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    The 2011 Syrah Obsidian Vineyard is medium garnet colored and scented of liquid licorice, plum pudding and blackberry preserves with nuances of garrigue, underbrush and smoked bacon plus a hint of tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with a..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $54.99
  13. 2012 Araujo Syrah Eisele Vineyard California Red 750 ml
    2012 Araujo Syrah Eisele Vineyard - 750 ml
    93
    WS
    Availability: In Stock
    Powerfully built, with a brooding personality lingering under the structure of tannins. Aromas of currant and river rock combine with complex, dense flavors of blackberry, licorice and espresso... Best from 2017 through 2029. 300 cases made..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $119.00
  14. 2013 Copain Wines Syrah Hawks Butte California Red 750 ml
    2013 Copain Wines Syrah Hawks Butte - 750 ml
    94
    VM
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    The 2013 Syrah Hawks Butte is one of the most nuanced wines in this lineup of 2013s. Bright and floral, with a good deal of aromatic intensity from the whole clusters, the 2013 offers striking nuance and more energy than most of the other 2..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $42.99
  15. 2013 Donelan Family Wines Syrah Kobler Vineyard California Red 750 ml
    2013 Donelan Family Wines Syrah Kobler Vineyard - 750 ml
    95
    JD
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    ...It offers an ethereal, elegant and seamless style as well as classic notes of black raspberries, white pepper, rose petals and white cherries (no doubt from the Viognier). Nuanced and deep, with a great finish, it’s never the large..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $57.99
  16. 2014 Penfolds Grange Hermitage Australia Red 750 ml
    2014 Penfolds Grange Hermitage - 750 ml
    100
    DEC
    Availability: In Stock
    Rich, concentrated and intense, the 2014 Grange delivers exactly what we've come to expect from this Penfolds icon wine. It's full-bodied, velvety in feel and loaded with plummy fruit, framed in vanilla and cedar. Dense, powerful and tannic..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $569.00
  17. 2014 Colgin IX Syrah California Red 750 ml
    2014 Colgin IX Syrah - 750 ml
    95
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    ...the 2014 Syrah IX Estate has this incredibly fragrant, flowery bouquet that makes it seem as if there were some Viognier co-fermented with it, but it’s always 100% Syrah coming from their steep vineyards. Oodles of honeysuckle, bla..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $315.00
  18. 2015 Isole e Olena Syrah Collezione Marchi Italy (Other) 750 ml
    2015 Isole e Olena Syrah Collezione Marchi - 750 ml
    97
    VM
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2015 Syrah is a total stunner. Bright, polished and impeccably nuanced, the 2015 is all class...the purity of the flavors is simply remarkable...A touch of whole clusters and drops of Viognier add an attractive floral upper register. St..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $59.99
  19. K Vintners Syrah The Hidden
    2015 K Vintners Syrah The Hidden - 750 ml
    100
    JD
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    One of the inkier, blacker colored wines in the lineup, the 2015 Syrah The Hidden is a profound Syrah and as good as it gets. Blackcurrants, smoked meats, graphite, and tapenade notes all emerge from this seriously badass, deep, rich, balan..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $129.00
  20. K Vintners Syrah The Cattle King
    2015 K Vintners Syrah The Cattle King - 750 ml
    100
    JD
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    Another off the charts effort is the 2015 Syrah Cattle King Upland Vineyard, which is also saturated purple/black in color. Possessing a more backward, yet insanely pure bouquet of crème de cassis, black fruits, smoked earth, graphit..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $129.00
  21. 2015 Alban Vineyards Syrah Patrina California Red 750 ml
    2015 Alban Vineyards Syrah Patrina - 750 ml
    95
    JD
    Availability: In Stock
    ...the 2015 Patrina shows beautifully from barrel and even better from bottle, which is always a good sign. There’s not much of it, but it’s a magnificent Syrah loaded with notions of cassis, blackberries, olive tapenade, and gr..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $49.95
  22. 2015 K Vintners Syrah The Deal Washington Red 750 ml
    2015 K Vintners Syrah The Deal - 750 ml
    95
    JD
    Availability: In Stock
    All from the Sundance Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope... offers smoking notes of red and black fruits, black olive, smoked earth and a huge meatiness. Full-bodied, silky and seamless, with a rock, mineral, backward style.

    Jeb Dunnuck..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $33.95
  23. 2015 Sleight Of Hand Syrah Psychedelic Washington Red 750 ml
    2015 Sleight Of Hand Syrah Psychedelic - 750 ml
    95
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    ...the 2015 Syrah The Psychedelic offers a fabulous bouquet of black olive, lavender, damp earth, pepper and black (and some blue) fruits that continues to change and evolve with time in the glass. Rich, unctuous and low acid, it has beauti..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $59.99
  24. 2015 Sleight Of Hand Syrah Levitation Washington Red 750 ml
    2015 Sleight Of Hand Syrah Levitation - 750 ml
    94
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    ...the 100% Syrah 2015 Syrah Levitation is a gorgeous, voluptuous and hedonistic beauty that's overflowing with notes of blackberry jam, cassis, licorice and pepper. Deep, rich and unctuous, it has full-bodied richness, no hard edges and a ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $44.99
  25. 2015 Gramercy Cellars Syrah Lagniappe Washington Red 750 ml
    2015 Gramercy Cellars Syrah Lagniappe - 750 ml
    98
    JD
    Availability: In Stock
    Always one of my favorite releases from this estate... Deep ruby/plum-colored and loaded with Cote Rotie-like (Cote Blonde?) notes of black raspberries, crushed flowers, tapenade, and crushed flowers, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, s..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $59.95
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