One would be hard-pressed to find a more complete expression of Syrah at anything close to this price. This wine is aromatic and flavorful; rich with black fruits, savory bacon, anise and a light touch of white pepper on the finish. The profile is classic Syrah from the northern Rhône Valley, a region renowned for producing complex, powerful and remarkably elegant Syrah-based reds. Few of us, unfortunately, have the opportunity to experience these wines at their peak of finesse for they need time in the bottle to mature and are lavishly expensive. Enter the Villard Syrah, a wine which allows us to experience an affordable and supple expression of Syrah from this great region. Villard’s vines are farmed just north of the vertigo-inducing Côte Rôtie vineyards and draw sustenance from the same austere soils of fractured granite and schist. This is Syrah from its traditional home and in its element. Delicious and full of regional character, drink this with grilled lamb, ribs or steak.