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More Top Rated Syrah/Shiraz

A cluster of Shiraz grapes

The name Syrah is derived from Shiraz, a city in Iran. Some people believe its origin dates back to 600 B.C. One thing we know for certain is that the great black grape is the classic varietal of the Rhône Valley. During the last ten years, it has become more widely planted in California, Washington, Arizona and Virginia. Highly aromatic wines with meaty, smoky, spicy and peppery flavors are the trademark of the Syrah grape. When made in a lighter style, it's a good quaffing wine to pair with simple bistro food. When made in a richer style, it's a good accompaniment to lamb and wild game. Read on for the best previously featured Syrah/Shiraz we've tasted, starting with our highest rated wines.

 

Groom
2006 Shiraz
Barossa Valley
, Australia
16/20
$38

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Garys' Vineyard
2002 AntiqV2S Syrah
Santa Lucia Highlands
, CA
15.5/20
$48

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MacRostie Winery
2003 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Syrah
Carneros
, CA
15.5/20
$32

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Rockblock

2001 Del Rio Vineyard Syrah
Rogue Valley
, Oregon
15.5/20
$30

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Dutton-Goldfield
2004 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah
Russian River Valley
, CA
15/20
$35

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards
2002 Syrah
Napa Valley, CA
14.5/20
$35

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Michel-Schlumberger
1999 North Coast Syrah
Mendocino/Sonoma counties, CA
14.5/20

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Rolling Wines
2004 Shiraz
Central Ranges, Australia
14.5/20
$13

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Ross Estate
2002 Estate Shiraz
Barossa Valley, Australia
14.5/20
$35

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Bianchi Winery
2004 Signature Selection Syrah
Paso Robles, CA
14/20

$21

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Bridlewood Estate Winery
1998 Syrah
Paso Robles, CA
14/20

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Chateau de Rieux
2004 Minervois
Minervois, France
14/20

$19

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Fleming Jenkins Winery
2004 Syrah
Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
14/20
$32

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Geyser Peak Winery
1999 Reserve Shiraz
Sonoma County, CA
14/20

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Gloria Ferrer Vineyards
2002 Carneros Syrah
Sonoma, CA
14/20

$19

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Grand Burge
2001 Filsell
Barossa, Australia
14/20
$25

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J.L. Chave Selection
2003 Saint-Joseph Offerus
Rhône, France
14/20
$25

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Olson Ogden
2002 Syrah
Dry Creek Valley, CA
14/20
$29

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Wattle Creek Winery
2001 Shiraz
Alexander Valley, CA
14/20
$28

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Chumeia Vineyard
2002 Syrah
Paso Robles, CA
13.5/20
$20

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Herman Story
2001 Syrah
Paso Robles, CA
13.5/20
$18

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Zaca Mesa
2001 Syrah
Paso Robles, CA
13.5/20
$20

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Ferrari Carano
1996 Tremonte Syrah
Alexander Valley, CA
13/20

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Jorian Hill
2004 Syrah
Santa Ynez Valley, CA
13/20
$30

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Richard Hamilton Wines
1997 Old Vine Shiraz
McLaren Vale, Australia
13/20

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