Let's say it again, exploded! The quality of the Syrah-based wines of the northern Rhone have never been better, due of course to the region's steep hillside vineyards but also because of the more artisan approach that winemakers are now adopting. Which Syrah deserves, for “the finest Syrahs indisputably merit rank equal to any wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir,” writes Remington Norman MW. Today's selection covers several appellations and producers. They are benchmark expressions of Syrah: a mind-boggling mix of bold fruit flavors, violets and baking spices, as well as smoky hints swirling in the background. But please take note, little is made so stock is limited despite worldwide demand. So BUY NOW.