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14 Northern Rhône Values

New releases from some of the Northern Rhône’s brightest young winemakers
James Molesworth
Posted: August 14, 2009

Unlike in the France’s Southern Rhône Valley, where an ocean of Côtes du Rhône and other appellations can provide some sub-$15 bottlings, “value” in the Northern Rhône is a bit more relative. You’ll have to plumb the wines in the $20 to $40 range from appellations like St.-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage to find some sleepers, but lovers of fresh, mineral-driven Syrah can be rewarded for that effort. Here’s a selection of newly released wines, primarily from the 2007 vintage, featuring some of the Northern Rhône’s brightest young vignerons.

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