California

Syrah

Study Guides > Varieties > Syrah

Signature Styles & Characteristics

Although any grape can be interpreted in innovative and at times, outlying styles, the below chart/graphic represents the preponderance of what you will find in California:

  • Dryness/Residual Sugar

    Still: 50 percent on a scale from Dry to of Dryness/Residual Sugar. Sparkling: 50 percent on the same scale.

  • Acid (potential)

    Still: 85 percent on a scale from Low to High of Acid (potential). Sparkling: 85 percent on the same scale.

  • Alcohol (potential)

    Still: 85 percent on a scale from Low to High of Alcohol (potential). Sparkling: 50 percent on the same scale.

  • Body (weight on palate)

    Still: 100 percent on a scale from Low to High of Body (weight on palate). Sparkling: 50 percent on the same scale.

  • Texture

    Still: 75 percent on a scale from Tart and Lean to Round and Smooth of Texture. Sparkling: 75 percent on the same scale.

  • Tannin

    Still: 85 percent on a scale from Low to High of Tannin. Sparkling: 85 percent on the same scale.

Aromas/Flavors

Influenced by climate, terroir, clonal selection and winemaking.

    Age
  • Red Fruit

    Fruit

    Boysenberry, blueberry, red/black cherry, blackberry, black currant (cassis), black raspberry, black plum, raisin, prune, citrus (orange), mulberry, black fig, fruitcake
  • Red Floral

    Herbal/vegetable

    Anise, fennel, black olive, bell pepper, tea leaf, mint, eucalyptus, menthol, garrigue, rosemary, kelp/seaweed/nori, beetroot, cola, tobacco
  • Red Floral

    Floral

    Violet, lavender, roses
  • Red Earth

    Earth

    Dust, graphite, mushroom, charcoal, truffle
  • Red Wood

    Wood

    Cinnamon, clove, chocolate, cocoa, smoke or char, vanilla, coconut, toast, coffee
  • Red Other

    Other

    Peppercorn (white and black), cured meat, bacon/sausage (roasted meat), soy, leather, animal, pudding, blood, iodine

Ageability

5 to 50 years, pedigree-dependent; the best bottles can live even longer