“S” grape entries


The great cépage of the Rhône valley, where in the environs of Hermitage, St. Joseph, Cornas and Côte-Rôtie, Syrah has been famous since Roman times and is resposible for some of the finest red wines in the world. Productive and resistant to both heat and cold, Syrah can be made into a wide range of styles from simple and fruity to complex, brooding and powerful. One of her greatest attributes is to retain a certain peppery characteristic no matter where the roots have taken hold. Aromas and flavors in Old World versions can range from black fruits and white pepper to any "earthy" descriptor that you like including mushrooms, bacon, leather, game and especially, burnt rubber. Versions from Australia, South Africa and the United States tend towards a sweeter and more fruit-forward style, usually with a plush mid-palete feel and medium tannins.

Syrah from the northern Rhône can be intense and closed in youth but has the ability to age gracefully for many years. In the southern Rhône it is a useful blending partner with Grenache in the great wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In other areas of southern France Syrah has become a star, often blended with Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault and even Cabernet Sauvignon. Look to the areas of Languedoc-Rousillon, Provence and Vin de Pays for fine wines that are often great bargains. Italy, Spain and even Switzerland is also home to some fine Syrahs, but it is the new world that is at the center of Syrah's recent success. The wine industry in Australia is based upon this varietal with both mass market appeal (Yellow Tail) and small-batch stunners (Grange, Elderton Command and d'Arenberg Dead Arm) leading the way. Syrah is partly responsible for the increase in the quality of South African red wines as they move away from Pinotage. In the United States a few hardy souls tried their hand at Syrah and other Rhône varietals in the 1980s, much to the derision of many of their peers. Today a collective of growers known as the Rhône Rangers have proven that these wines are here to stay, a fact driven home by the success of Syrah. Washington State will be the next great area for Syrah, as many acres have been recently planted with vines still too young to produce wine.

Grape Color


Wines (120)

Chateau du Rouet Cuvee Reserve Tradition Rose 2010 Côtes de Provence Rosé
Andrieux & Fils Côtes de Provence Cuvee Victoria 2010 Côtes de Provence Rosé
Domaine Sainte-Anne Côtes du Rhône-Villages 2007 Côtes du Rhône-Villages Red
Cristom Vineyards Estate Syrah Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley 2008 Eola-Amity Hills Red
HAYES RANCH Hats Off SHIRAZ Central Coast Red
La Classique (The Classic) Le Roc FRONTON AOC. Côtes du Frontonnais Red
Southbank Estate, Hawkes Bay SYRAH 2005 Hawkes Bay Red
ONX Wine Syrah California Briarwood Vineyard 2008 California Red
Caldwell Vineyards Napa Valley Rocket Science 2007 Napa Valley Red
Domaine la Guintrandy Côtes du Rhône-Villages Visan Cuvee Louise-Amelie 2006 Côtes du Rhône-Villages Red
MOULIN DE GASSAC Vin de pays de l'Herault Guilhem 2009 Vin de pays de l'Herault Rosé
Domaine de la Charbonniere Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red
Matanzas Creek Winery Syrah Sonoma County 2006 Sonoma County Red
Viña MontGras 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - Syrah Colchagua Valley Red
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2004 Cornas Red
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1999 Hermitage Red
Melville Syrah Santa Rita Hills Verna's Vineyard 2008 Santa Rita Hills Red
Buenos Ondas Malbec Mendoza Rose 2009 Mendoza Red
Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes 2009 Costières de Nîmes Rosé
Valle dell'Acate Syrah Rusciano Sicily 2006 Sicily Red
Robert Hall Syrah Paso Robles 2005 Paso Robles Red
Bradford Mountain Syrah Dry Creek Valley Grist Vineyard 2005 Dry Creek Valley Red
August Briggs Syrah Napa Valley 2004 Napa Valley Red
Terre Rouge Syrah California Les cotes de l'ouest 2005 California Red
Rosso Bianco Zinfandel California Rosso 2006 California Red
St. Francis Winery and Vineyards Syrah Sonoma County Wild Oak Vineyard 2006 Sonoma County Red
St. Francis Winery and Vineyards Syrah Wild Oak Sonoma County 2006 Sonoma County Red
St. Francis Winery Vineyard Syrah Sonoma County Wild Oak 2006 Sonoma County Red
Kamen Estate Syrah Sonoma Mountain 2006 Sonoma Mountain Red
Château Pesquié Terrasses Côtes du Ventoux 2005 Côtes du Ventoux Red
Jelly Roll Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2006 Santa Ynez Valley Red
Crios de Susana Balbo Mendoza Syrah-Bonarda 2005 Mendoza Red
L'Ecole No. 41 Syrah Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2006 Walla Walla Valley Red
Rulo Winery Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2005 Walla Walla Valley Red
Rulo Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2005 Walla Walla Valley Red
Ramey Wine Cellars Syrah Sonoma Mountain Rodger's Creek Vineyard 2005 Sonoma Mountain Red
Domaine de Caravinserail Côtes du Ventoux Infine 2006 Côtes du Ventoux Red
2005 Dark Star,Columbia Valley Columbia Valley Red
Tobin James Cabernet /Syrah Central Coast 2005 Central Coast Red
Novy Syrah Russian River Valley 2004 Russian River Valley Red
Brander Syrah Santa Barbara County 2005 Santa Barbara County Red
Viña Montes Colchagua Valley Syrah Apalta Vineyard Folly 2004 Colchagua Valley Red
Viña Montes Colchagua Valley Syrah Apalta Vineyard 2005 Colchagua Valley Red
Colchagua Valley Montes Aplha Syrah 2005 Colchagua Valley Red
L'Aventure Syrah Paso Robles 2002 Paso Robles Red
Palmeri Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Stagecoach Vineyard 2004 Napa Valley Red
Palmeri Syrah Napa Valley Stagecoach Vineyard 2003 Napa Valley Red
Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel Rosé 2006 Tavel Rosé
Montes Alpha Syrah, Colchagua Valley 2005 Colchagua Valley Red
Chateau La Baume 2004 Costières de Nîmes Red
Chateau La Baume Costières de Nîmes 2004 Costières de Nîmes Red
Convergence Vineyards Syrah 2004 Amador County Amador County Red
Chateau de Ségriès Côtes du Rhône 2005 Côtes du Rhône Red
Cristom Vineyards Estate Syrah Willamette Valley 2004 Willamette Valley Red
Domaine Paul Autard Côtes du Rhône 2005 Côtes du Rhône Red
Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle 1998 Hermitage Red
Dunham Cellars Syrah Columbia Valley 2003 Columbia Valley Red
Owen Roe Sinister Hand Columbia Valley 2003 Columbia Valley Red
Whitman Cellars Narcissa Red Walla Walla Valley 2003 Walla Walla Valley Red
J. L. Chave Saint-Joseph Offerus 2001 Saint-Joseph Red
Chateau Gigognan Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Cardinalice 2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red
Chateau Gigognan Côtes du Rhône-Villages Bois des Maines 2003 Côtes du Rhône-Villages Red
Clos du Caillou Cotes du Rhône Rouge Vielles Vignes 2003 Blanquette de Limoux Red
Isenhower Cellars River Beauty Syrah Horse Heaven Hills 2004 Horse Heaven Hills Red
Isenhower Cellars Wild Alfalfa Syrah Columbia Valley 2004 Columbia Valley Red
Isenhower Cellars Looking Glass Syrah Columbia Valley 2004 Columbia Valley Red
Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos de la Granière 2000 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red
Domaine de l'Hortus Rosé de Saignée Coteaux du Languedoc 2005 Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé
Château Julien Estate Vineyard Syrah Monterey County 2001 Monterey Red
James Leigh Cellars Syrah Walla Walla Valley Forgotten Hills Vineyard 2002 Walla Walla Valley Red
Terre Rouge Les Côtes de l'Ouest Syrah California 2002 California Red
Edmunds St. John Syrah El Dorado County Wylie-Fenaughty 2001 El Dorado Red
Edmunds St. John Syrah California 2001 California Red
Edmunds St. John Rocks and Gravel California Red 2003 California Red
Blackstone Winery Syrah California 2001 California Red
Coeur d'Alene Cellars Syrah Washington 2003 Washington Red
Martella Hammer Syrah California 2001 California Red
Painted Stone Syrah Washington 2002 Washington Red
Arboleda Syrah Colchagua Valley 2001 Colchagua Valley Red
Lone Canary Red Blend Yakima Valley NV Yakima Valley Red
C. R. Sandidge Syrah Columbia Valley Minick Vineyard 2002 Columbia Valley Red
Ajello Furat Sicilia IGT 2003 Sicily Red
J. L. Chave Hermitage Rouge 2002 Hermitage Red
Domaine Richaud Côtes du Rhône Rouge Les Garrigues 2003 Côtes du Rhône Red
Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah Columbia Valley 2004 Columbia Valley Red
Nobles Rives Cave de Tain l'Hermitage 2000 Hermitage Red
Melville Vineyards Syrah Estate Santa Rita Hills 2003 Santa Rita Hills Red
Gaja Ca Marcanda Promis Toscana IGT 2002 Maremma Red
Domaine Farjon St.-Joseph 2001 Saint-Joseph Red
Morgan Syrah Monterey 2002 Monterey Red
Morgan Côtes du Crow's Monterey 2003 Monterey Red
Big Moose Red California 2002 California Red
David Bruce Syrah Santa Cruz Mountains 2001 Santa Cruz Mountains Red
Echelon Syrah Clarksburg Esperanza Vineyard 2002 Clarksburg Red
Morgan Tierra Mar Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands 2001 Santa Lucia Highlands Red
Badger Mountain Syrah Columbia Valley 2002 Columbia Valley Red
Luca Syrah La Consulta 2002 La Consulta Red
Crios de Susana Balbo Syrah Bonarda 2003 Mendoza Red
Jean-Michel Gerin Côte-Rôtie Champin le Seigneur 1998 Côte-Rôtie Red
Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volante California 1999 California Red
Domaine Durande Vielles Vignes Syrah 2001 Languedoc Red
E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2001 Crozes-Hermitage Red
Caldwell Vineyard Rocket Science Napa Valley Red 2002 Mount Veeder Red
Domaine le Clos de Caveau Vacqueyras 2001 Vacqueyras Red
Du Peloux Saint-Joseph 1999 Saint-Joseph Red
Les Nobles Rives Hermitage 1995 Hermitage Red
Crystal Valley Cellars Syrah California 1999 California Red
M. Chapoutier Les Meysonniers Crozes-Hermitage 1998 Crozes-Hermitage Red
Cline Syrah California 2000 California Red
Glass Mountain Quarry Syrah California 2000 California Red
Beckmen Vineyards Cuvee le Bec 2002 Santa Ynez Valley Red
Ravenswood Icon Sonoma County 2000 Sonoma County Red
Château de Pena Pica Broca 2001 Coteaux du Languedoc Red
E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Vin Rouge 2000 Côtes du Rhône Red
Jaboulet La Chapelle Hermitage 1994 Hermitage Red
Domaine Burgaud Côte-Rôtie 2000 Côte-Rôtie Red
Domaine Belle Père Crozes-Hermitage 2000 Crozes-Hermitage Red
Alain Voge Cornas 1996 Cornas Red
J. L. Chave St. Joseph 2000 Saint-Joseph Red
Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée du Baron 2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red