Bonnefond Syrah 2016
From Côte Rôtie winemakers Robert Parker calls “among the finest in the appellation,” this declassified Syrah is spiced, refreshing, and perfectly balanced, full of cool fresh fruit and notes of pepper and violets.
Saint-Clair Crozes-Hermitage “Etincelle” 2015
From a once-in-a-generation vintage, this pure Syrah is meatier than Bonnefond’s, but shows no less elegance or grace. Look for dark notes of cassis and earth, all wrapped in a sleek, 13.5% alcohol body.
Goubert Gigondas 2014
This wine is so popular among our readers we struggle every year to keep it in stock. We enjoy it year round, but it’s most appropriate in the fall. Look for notes of stewed cherries, leather, and lavender.
Marchesseau Lalande-de-Pomerol 2015
This right bank Bordeaux shows the sophisticated, polished side of Merlot. It’s dark and chewy but beautifully ripe, with a smooth texture and restrained woodsy notes. Serve this with a steak from a cast-iron skillet.