In summary, Petite Sirah in its over 100 years of note in America has made some wonderful varietal wines; added density, color and spice to red wine blends--including many of the finest Syrahs
and Rhone blends of today; and its tough skin made it a good shipping grape during prohibition--which left us the heritage of many old vine-yards today.
At the rate Syrah
is being planted in California today it is destined to become the state's next major red grape in terms of quantity However, because of the sheer number of brand-new Syrahs
on the market, the style and quality of the wines vary widely.
Seekers of rare wines can find 1999 Robert Biale syrah
($55), Maloy O'Neill wines from Paso Robles (syrahs
, zinfandels, cabernets and blends) ranging from $20 to $37 per bottle, Carver Sutro petite syrah
($40) and even a Rheingau Kloster Eberbach 1999 sparkling riesling ($18).
These were the Syrahs
that, in the early 1980s, inspired a whole group of maverick California winemakers.
Washington winemakers have been producing amazing Syrahs
for some time, so we're gratified Wine Spectator honored Columbia Crest's," said Einberger.
At $45 a bottle, Havens Hudson Syrah
Reserve is considered among the most reasonably priced of the classically-bred, high-end Syrahs
that often garner up to $75 and $100.
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Herbal, cool-weather Syrahs
are wonderful with long-braised beef spiced with cumin and coriander or ancho chiles, or grilled lamb laced with resiny herbs--like the Spiced Lamb Chops with Rosemary Crumbs shown at right (find the recipe at myrecipes.
So there you have it - six different syrahs
and six different styles.
Some have dubbed them Super Rhones, New World Syrahs
, or Bordeaux-Rhones.
But it also has more unique hints of white pepper and bacon fat (which is more common in imported syrahs
than in the Russian River variety).
On many evenings after a long day at work at our winery, I'd grab a bite with my friend and colleague, Doug Shafer, and we would order Syrahs