How to Read a Wine Label - Northern Rhone

Land of Grand Syrah


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How to Read a Wine Label - Northern Rhone The Northern Rhône valley stretches along the sun-baked banks of the Rhône river. This is Syrah country; as a group, the appellations of the Northern Rhône produce the finest range of Syrah-based wines on earth. In general, they are well-labelled and easy to understand, with just a few rules to remember.

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  • Does only 20% of the syrah have to be from the Cote-Rotie to get the designation? Does that mean that the other 60-80% (depending upon whether or not it is blended with viognier) can be from elsewhere? Or is it a misprint in part 5 of the the Northern Rhone label-reading article?

    Oct 19, 2010 at 1:22 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    An unfortunate typo! I was going back and forth with the wording and failed to catch it. All the Syrah must come from within the boundaries of the Cote Rotie. Thanks very much for pointing this out.

    Oct 19, 2010 at 1:32 PM

  • Except that according to Kermit Lynch, producers may put 'mis en bouteille au domaine' on wines that are bottled by a mobile bottling truck at their domain, because it is "at" their domain. Obviously this sacrifices quality.

    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:01 AM

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