Dave’s Pick: 2015 Pierre le Grand Crozes-Hermitage, $18.99

Pierre le Grand’s name is on the label, but in reality, the wine is produced by Jean Pierre and Hélène Mucyn, proprietors of Domaine Jean Pierre Mucyn. Their Northern Rhône estate, located in the village of Gervans, is in the heart of the Crozes-Hermitage AOC, and covers some 45 acres. The grapes come from vineyards that have reached an average age of 40 years, with vines rooted in sand and cailloux soil. The estate is sustainably farmed, the grapes hand harvested and completely destemmed. One hundred percent Syrah, this 2015 Crozes-Hermitage offers dusty dark fruit and spice aromas. The silky plum, cassis and berry fruit flavors are backed by creamy mocha and nuanced touches of earth, mineral and bacon. This is a lush bargain made in a style very different from most Australian, Northwest or California Syrahs. A must try red wine.