Spotlight on the Varietal: Syrah  Close
va-ri-e-tal - A wine made principally from one variety of grape and carrying the name of that grape.
Syrah is nobility when at its finest. It is the king of the vine in northern Rhone. The berries are deep and dark and can produce dense quality wine. A fine Syrah wine offers the nose luscious aromas of dark skinned fruit as well as spicy black pepper.

Syrah fruit loves plenty of warm sunshine to ripen fully. Naturally it does quite well in certain appellations within California. Fondly known as Shiraz in Australia those quality wines tend to be intensely powerful with a rich fleshiness to their bodies.

Whether you have Syrah from France's northern Rhone Valley, California, Australia or someplace else source out the good ones and indulge your palate.