Syrah from France originates in the Rhône Valley. The Rhône is a long river that is divided into the northern and southern halves. Both areas are covered in vineyards and have smaller regions which all have unique differences.
The most important regions of this are: Côte Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, and Cornas. The one and only red grape planted in those zones is… Syrah.
Syrah from the Northern Rhône should always be: peppery, a bit tart, and never have distinct flavors of oak.