Shiraz/Syrah

Syrah/Shiraz is a red grape planted extensively in the south of France, Australia, South Africa, California and elsewhere. It produces a spicy, full and tannic wine that usually requires aging before it can be enjoyed. It is used as both a single-varietal wine (as found in the Northern Rhône) but also as a component in blends (as found in the Southern Rhône). It is sometimes blended with a small percentage of Viognier, especially in the Northern Rhône and Australia. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Syrah/Shiraz among our extensive Syrah/Shiraz wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Syrah/Shiraz reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Syrah/Shiraz, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Charles Smith 2006 Royal City Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

  1. $80
In 2005 Charles Smith introduced three high-end Syrahs. In 2006 Smith has made a wine better than each of these, by combining them into a single wine—Royal City Syrah. Rich scents of purple fruit, smoked meat, cedar, lead pencil, moist earth and so on proclaim a wine with genuine gravitas. There is nothing missing, from the first sniff to the last sip, the wine…  — P.G.  (12/1/2009)
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Cayuse 2008 Bionic Frog Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  1. $80
Initially a rather subdued Frog; as if it has been tamed down. Then, suddenly, There’s a plush core of blackberry fruit, and the classic Cayuse funkiness is there, drenched in liquid rocks and cured meat and drying tannins. It’s all in proportion and a fine reflection of the steely vintage. As it opens gracefully you discover that it is a stunningly refined Frog…  — P.G.  (11/1/2011)
100
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Cayuse 2007 En Chamberlin Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

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  1. $65
In a stunning lineup of Cayuse Syrahs, the En Chamberlin wins by a nose. It’s smooth and silky, with a tongue-bending blend of flavors that include blood and iron, umami and salt, at first overtaking the pure fruit, but adding tremendous depth and power. The endless finish unfolds into a wine with exotic spices and complex layering.  — P.G.  (2/1/2011)
99
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Cayuse 2009 En Chamberlin Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $75
In a vintage that produced the finest overall lineup of Cayuse wines to date, it may seem a little nit-picky to score some higher and some lower. But the En Chamberlin deserves first place again. Brilliant aromatics of smoked meat, bacon fat and otherworldly roasted accents seduce instantly. Once on the palate, the silky, balanced, near-perfect mix of umami and…  — P.G.  (3/1/2013)
99
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Cayuse 2007 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

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  1. $65
The only one of the Cayuse Syrahs that is co-fermented with Viognier, this opens with a stunning, floral bouquet, showing extraordinary depth and texture. The wine has a floral top, a thickly fruity middle and a base with smoke, rock and meat. Still very young, it is already a complete, fully-realized, near-perfect wine with a finish that extends for many minutes…  — P.G.  (2/1/2011)
99
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Charles Smith 2007 Royal City Stoneridge Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

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  1. $140
Depth and texture dominate; it’s all whole-cluster fruit, aged in new barriques. This fine follow-up to the 2006 features a little more delicacy, with a lovely floral component and some earth. The depth is astonishing in the weight and texture and the way the wine plays out across the palate. The finish never ends: a glorious mix of black cherry, earth, herb, spice…  — P.G.  (2/1/2011)
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E. Guigal 2003 La Landonne Syrah (Côte Rôtie)

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  1. $450
Dense and rich but also incredibly complex, long and elegant, this is a momumental Côte-Rôtie. It’s darkly fruited and superripe, yet doesn’t lose its essential sense of terroir, remaining marked by scents of pepper and espresso to go with the chocolate and cassis fruit. Velvety in texture, this is the one of Guigal’s 2003 Côte-Rôties that demands a few years of…  — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
98
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E. Guigal 2003 La Turque Syrah (Côte Rôtie)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $450
This is breathtaking stuff, incredibly complex on the nose, where it features hints of vanilla, clove, cinnamon, cassis, pepper and asphalt. It would be a wine to sit and smell all day if it weren’t so delicious to taste. Rich waves of cassis fruit cascade over the palate without losing complexity, buffered by incredibly supple tannins. The virtually endless finish…  — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
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