“Syrah has the potential to be grown and crafted in as wide a range of styles as any grape variety in the world. From fruit-forward and exuberant to practically dripping with bacon fat and tapenade, to bottlings that are lifted to the vinous stratosphere with the spicy, occasionally floral perfume of fresh-cracked peppercorns, Syrah (or Shiraz) is a grape that rewards exploration.

Which is why tasting for this piece was so deeply rewarding: Over the course of several dozen wines, it became abundantly clear that producers all over the world are crafting absolutely delicious Syrah and Syrah-based blends in a huge range of styles.”

2018 Jada “Jersey Girl” Syrah Willow Creek District of Paso Robles ($66)

High-toned peppercorn rises from the glass, carrying aromas of boysenberries, huckleberries, and blueberry cobbler. These follow through to the palate, where they’re joined by melted chocolate, star anise, hoisin sauce, and blackberry liqueur. Rich, generous, nicely defined, and very appealing.”