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Nectar of the Northern Rhône: Extraordinary 94-point Condrieu

We spent yesterday tasting in the Northern Rhône Valley. From 9am through 5:30pm, we tasted dozens of meaty, intense, sinewy Syrahs, from appellations like Cornas, St-Joseph, Côte Rôtie, and Crozes Hermitage. They were chewy, delicious, and exhausting. After a day of teeth-staining reds, our final appointment finished with a golden, shimmering white wine: Condrieu from […]

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Delightful Everyday Syrah: “Graceful” & Hearty. $25

Our source in Côte Rôtie is the Domaine Bonnefond. Robert Parker calls Bonnefond’s wines “among the finest in the appellation,” and Vinous’s Josh Raynolds recently called them “as graceful a group of wines that I’ve ever sampled.” Last week we wrote about their exceptional 2015 Côte Rôtie “Rochains,” which Vinous called “superb” and awarded 95 […]

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New Pure Syrah from the Northern Rhône: Blackberries and Spice. $25

For fans of Syrah, France’s Northern Rhône Valley is Mecca. It’s at the grape’s northern ripening limit, a geographic marker where grapes usually find their finest expression. The most famous reds from the Northern Rhône -- from towns like Côte Rôtie, Hermitage, and St-Joseph -- are some of the longest lived and most highly sought after wines in the world.