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

Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown Syrah
95 points
$46
Black ruby color. Interesting aromas of fresh cut fir, candied cherry, ripe fig, fine tea, sandalwood, and sweet almond biscotti with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long honey roasted macadamia nut, orange liqueur, rose, clove, and tobacco finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A beautifully integrated Syrah with distinctive style and grace; a must try.
Kershaw 2017 Clonal Selection Syrah
94 points
$64
Medium dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black olive, leather, black tea, soil, violets, dried sage, dried blueberry, and fresh blackberry with a silky, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, very long finish conveying notes of vanilla and espresso with fine, well-integrated, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A delicious Syrah that balances the bright and the brooding - full of dark fruit and coastal brush notes.
Awards: 2021 Best Syrah
Rhone to the Bone 2019  Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
93 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of schmaltz, berry cookie, ghee, hot cocoa, and dried peach with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, long finish with shades of dried berry compote and pencil shavings with chewy, crunchy tannins. Spicy fruit and oak flavors keep this festive French red engaging and quenching.
93 points $13 Best Buy
Pierre de Fontval 2019  Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of herbs de provence, blueberry-orange muffin with candied lavender, fresh honey butter with cascara, and honeycomb with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish revealing notes of peach-berry pie, tres leches cake, spiced toffee, and pencil shavings with soft, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and sensuous French red for all occasions.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Locus Wines 2016 Sud Red Blend Rattlesnake Hills
93 points
$22
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cola, blackberry tart, roasted dates, and hints of perfume with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A well-integrated, balanced Rhone Varietal Blend with juicy fruits, hints of spice, and velvety tannins.
Porterhouse Winery 2018 Black Label Reserve Red Blend Santa Ynez Valley
92 points
$60
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black olives, tart cherries, fruity black tea blend, vanilla latte, and leather with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish with accents of tomato jam, crushed coriander, and boysenberry with heavy oak flavor. A lip-smacking Petite Sirah blend with exceptionally well-integrated tannins; elegant and pleasing.
Awards: 2021 Best US Red Blend
Sobon Estate 2019  Syrah
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of ripe raspberry, strawberry tart, plum, and fennel with a round, vibrant, medium-full body and a warming, layered, long finish that exhibits notes of chocolate custard and glazed pastry with moderate oak flavor. A rich, fruit-forward Syrah with a well-tuned tannins.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2017 Estate Syrah
92 points
$34
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of pancetta, jasmine, fresh oregano, and ripe strawberry with a tannic, racy, dry full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish with impressions of tobacco, tart cherry, and cocoa powder with chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A quaffable choice for charred meats that need a lift.
Locus Wines 2015 Red Blend Yakima Valley
92 points
$25
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of baked plum tart, huckleberry, earth, hints of dried herbs, and clove with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of Chinese five spice and fig custard with moderate oak flavor. A bold red that exhibits excellent restraint; a sophisticated and concentrated blend for rich meals.
Locus Wines 2016 Strand Vineyard Syrah
92 points
$30
Dusty deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of plump blackberries, pomegranate glaze, spice cookies, pipe tobacco, and hint of pine with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. Decant or cellar this rich Syrah to unveil further depth of flavor.