Cracked pepper, violets, black olive: taken together, these descriptors could only refer to one grape. Here we’ve compiled all the Syrah-based wines currently in stock for you to compare, contrast, or simply enjoy this remarkable grape variety in all its diverse incarnations. From its home in the northern Rhône, it shows distinct traits between the ancient terraced vineyard sites of Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, and Cornas, from delicate and silky to firm and forceful. Vinified by historic domaines like Clape and newer stars on the scene such as Faury, Syrah expresses a range of stimulating textures and complex aromatics that are impossible to reproduce anywhere else. The grape has also found other homes in choice pockets of southern France, especially where the climate allows for the same degree of nuance as in the northern Rhône. Tasting Syrah from Cabrières, whose schist slopes rise high above the Languedocien landscape, or the Alps of eastern Provence, where Clos Saint Joseph crafts a truly stunning rendition, provides a whole new lens through which to better understand and savor this noble cépage. Few wines pair better with grilled foods than a savory, smoky expression of Syrah. Additionally, its characteristic spice and assertive flavor make it a great partner to many dishes in Indian, Pakistani, Persian, North African, and eastern Mediterranean cuisines, without forgetting its affinity to rustic French cooking.
The list of factors goes on and our list of overachievers could, too. For now, we’ve narrowed down our selections to twenty-four wines—four each at six price points, because tremendous value isn’t exclusive to inexpensive bottlings. You can find it at all prices, from $12 to $120, as these wines resoundingly show.
Few wines pair better with grilled foods than a savory, smoky expression of Syrah. Additionally, its characteristic spice and assertive flavor make it a great partner to many dishes in Indian, Pakistani, Persian, North African, and eastern Mediterranean cuisines, without forgetting its affinity to rustic French cooking.
Many of our best values, all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and even a couple of sparklers, made by real people and reefer-shipped so they arrive in your hands in nothing less than perfect condition.
Her wonderfully complex terroir of schist, granite, and galets roulés (alluvial riverbed stones) produces some of the most ethereal rosés you’ll ever taste. And the olive oil—well, it isn’t easy for us to get as excited about olive oil as about wine, but when you taste these, you’ll understand why they have become Corsica’s pride and joy.
You will be hard pressed to find better wines anywhere in the Côte Chalonnaise, and don’t underestimate their appellations—de Villaine wines routinely outperform more prestigious, more expensive appellations.
In very few appellations throughout France and Italy do we import the wines of three or more domaines. Joining Bandol, Meursault, Morgon, and a few others in that short list is Pic Saint-Loup, situated forty-five minutes north of Montpellier.
The Geggiano winemaking operation is about as artisanal as can be, housed in a thirteenth-century cellar filled with nothing but old wooden casks, where the elixir of these Tuscan hillsides patiently blossoms to maturity...
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