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The Rhône’s Saint-Joseph district is a source
of good values in Syrah, like this peppery red
from the stellar 2009 vintage.
What You Need To Know
Hélène and Jean-Pierre Mucyn work
alongside their three daughters at this young family winery in
France’s northern Rhône Valley, where all red wines are made from
Syrah. New to the wine business when they crushed their first
vintage in 2001, the Mucyns produce a handful of reds and two
whites, chiefly from their vineyards in Saint-Joseph and Crozes-
Hermitage. These less-exalted districts have attracted ambitious,
up-and-coming vintners priced out of celebrated nearby zones
like Côte-Rôtie, and who—like the Mucyns—are making terrific
wines at more affordable prices.
Smoky, with white pepper
and grilled meat notes.
Big, bold and packed with
plum and pepper.
Decant and serve at cellar
should be cool to the touch.
Lamb, beef or game dishes,
especially flavored with olives