About Syrah Red Wine

About Syrah Red Wine
Syrah - also known as Shiraz, especially in Australia - is a red wine with rich, zesty plum and blackberry fruit along with a light spicy, sometimes peppery quality. The grape has light to medium tannins, meaning lighter versions are drinkable upon release. This has certainly helped this wine's popularity in the United States.

Top Picks for Syrah

Pillsbury Wine Company 2016 Diva Rhone Red Blend Cochise County, Arizona
95 points
$40
Dusty violet color. Fruity aromas of ripe plum, macerated strawberries, suede, geranium, and thyme with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long ground black pepper, slate, and chrysanthemum finish with firm tannins. A graceful and pure Rhone varietal blend from Arizona with elegant integration of minerality and fruit; extra kudos are due to superb taming of Petite Sirah’s oft-fiesty tannins.
Lawer Estates 2016 Betsys Vineyard Syrah
94 points
$38
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of dark plum, blueberry coulis, violet petals, bacon, and Belgian waffle with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, elegant, very long finish displaying overtones of balsamic glaze, cedar, and black licorice with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. An enormous, inky Syrah with lots of cellar potential; great balance of poise and strength.
Monte De Oro 2013 Vista Del Monte Vineyard Estate Grown Reserve Syrah
94 points
$85
Ruby black color. Fruity, creamy, tropical aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato, Playdoh, and coconut and berry custard with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish revealing notes of creme brulee and huckleberry pie a la mode with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A creamy, spicy and overall decadent syrah with great length and depth.
Corner 103 2016  Syrah
94 points
$50
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of peppermint chocolate bar, blue eucalyptus, menthol mint, and blueberry compote with a vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an elegant, long finish with notes of exotic spices, damson plums with chive blossoms, and nutskin with well-integrated, crunchy, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. An intense, herbaceous, flavor-packed syrah for fans of Australian show style shiraz.
Levantine Hill 2015 Melissas Paddock Syrah
94 points
$120
Medium dusty ruby color. Spicy aromas and flavors of fresh cracked pepper, cedar and sandalwood, spiced dark berries and beets, and parmesan herb bread with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, distinctive, long finish with overtones of chocolate drizzled pomegranates, fruit leather, and toffeed nuts with chewy, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A spicy, mouthwatering syrah with deeply delightful flavors and pure varietal character.
Clos LaChance 2016 22 Pirates Red Blend California
94 points
$30
Dark black violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, vanilla bean, white chocolate, fresh summer tomato, heirloom leather jacket, and fresh mint with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish manifesting notes of cinnamon-sugar with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak flavor. A lip smacking Rhone varietal blend from Monterey; you may need more than one bottle!.
Le Mistral 2016 Josephs Blend Single Vineyard Red Monterey County
94 points
$45
Dark black violet color. Perfumed aromas of candied violet, star anise, dark chocolate, grass cuttings, fig, walnut, and incense with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long eucalyptus, blackberry coulis, herbs de Provence, and peppercorns finish with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A spicy and perfumed Rhone blend with great body.
Adastra 2016  Syrah
93 points
$45
Violet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of starched linen and chocolate nuts with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish displaying suggestions of cranberry yogurt, almond slivers, and hibiscus tea with delicate spices with light oak flavor. A Francophilic and pure Carneros Syrah; balanced, poised, and serious.
Lorenzi Estate 2015 Single Vineyard Reserve Syrah
93 points
$45
Ruby black color. Aromas of black currant, pickled plum, and aniseed with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long dark chocolate and pink peppercorns finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and layered syrah to pour for great company.
Domaine de Pradas 2016  Gigondas
93 points
$45
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of roasted berries on a cedar plank, peppercorns and pickling spices, fruit salad and sesame, and blossoms with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, engaging, medium-long finish that shows accents of cherry with medium, chewy tannins and no oak flavor. A ripe and rewarding Gigondas with a lot of flavor, personality, and sense of place.