A good petite syrah has a slight peppery bite and enough tannins to make you feel like you've turned into a cat. It's the wine equivalent of a fight with Chuck Norris
I like a good big, tannic red wine. I do love a good grenache blend any day, especially either a spanish or rhone meritage blend- both tannic and complex. Nero d'Avola is a good Sicilian red with some backbone, and another (that I've mentioned before) is carmenere- most commonly chilean.
though, against the "wisdom" of Sideways, I'd choose a merlot over a pinot noir on most occasions (unless I was eating salmon)... so take my opinion with a bit of salt, or tannins
Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom? -Terry Pratchett