Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern?Rh?ne blends?based on?Grenache, Syrah and?Mourv?dre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely?Australia,?California?and increasingly, with praise, from?Washington.
?Spicy and earthy edge to the nose, graphite-like savory aromas ahead of ripe dark plum and very tarry, coal dusty notes, some dried pot pourri too. There?s a deep-set palate, very smooth tannins roll out in commanding fashion, almost never-ending finish. This is a long term wine.