Syrah or Shiraz as it is also known, is used alot on Long Island in blending, but there are a few vineyards that bottle this as a single varietal. It is found almost all over the world, but popularized in the Rhône region of France and in Australia where it is called Shiraz.
This, Pindar Vineyards 2007 Syrah ($15) On the nose I was picking up juicy dark fruit. Plum and blackberry come to mind. It was smoky and spicy too. I was picking up a hint of some vanilla bean.
When I tasted it, the elements I was picking up on the nose were also there on the palate. There was some decent amount of acidity with some strong tannins, however, the tannins did not linger. I was getting elements of a baked blackberry raspberry pie. There was some leather and dark bitter sweet chocolate at the end.
There was not a big time pepper element, that is known to be found in Syrah. I found this to be more smoky.
It had a very long finish with a little smoke and vanilla.