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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.