What is Syrah?
Syrah is a wine from a dark, heavy skinned grape that is indigenous to the Rhone Valley of France. It is a grape that thrives warm weather. As such, other areas that grow it include California, Australia, and Walla Walla, Washington. (INTERESTING FACT: In Australia, the wine produced is called Shiraz, and not Syrah.) The Syrah grape is said to have more antioxidants than any of the other popular red grapes. The wine is mostly bottled on its own; however, it can be blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Grenache.
Style of Syrah
As mentioned, the Syrah grape does better in warmer climates. The wines produced in a milder climate are typically medium to full body with a high tannin content. In a hotter climate, the wine will be full bodied with a softer tannin content. You probably should drink a Syrah wine immediately, but if you choose to age it, cap it at 5 years.
Aromas & Flavors
Aromas are typically that of fruit, black currant, chocolate, spice, and even tar. The flavor profile includes blackberry, vanilla, chocolate, plum, oak, spice, and pepper. The wines from the hotter climates might also give you flavors of licorice, mocha, black olive, and leather.
Syrah will go well with heartier foods like red meat, game meats, stews, and sausages.
ABV & Calorie Count
Syrah has an alcohol by volume (ABV) in the 13.5% to 14.5% range. The calorie count can be about 123 calories for a 5 ounce glass.