Syrah is one of the 22 recognized Rhone varietal wines – it is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes. In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with – healthy, early-ripening, resistant to mildew and rot, suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. At its best, Syrah can slug it out with high-end Cabernet and Pinot Noir. While stories of its origin vary, many believe this grape was brought to France from Shiraz in Persia, and it is called Shiraz when grown in the Southern Hemisphere.
Palouse sources our gorgeous Syrah from high on the rugged slopes of Rattlesnake Hills, along the ridge that runs East to West above the Yakima River. The rocky soil is similar in structure and geological history to the soils found in the Rhone, and Syrah flourishes.
Syrah is packed with flavor, color and a tannin structure built to last; it has historic credentials for fine winemaking and today it produces world-class wines from France, Australia and the US. Syrah’s characteristic flavors have been described as dark fruits, sometimes smoke, bacon, and a white pepper finish. Palouse Syrah is a versatile food friendly wine great with grilled lamb, roasted eggplant or holiday roasts. Perfect balance belies the heft of our dark purple wine, a magnificent exemplar of Washington’s favorite grape.