As Wine Spectator’s new lead taster for the Rhône Valley, senior editor Kristen Bieler spent a cold and rainy December week scrambling up the steep hills of vineyards and tasting with winemakers. She returned home more convinced than ever that some of the best wines from this small region are whites, whether Viognier from Condrieu or Marsanne and Roussanne blends from Hermitage, St.-Joseph and St.-Péray. This is particularly true today as a fresher, racier, mineral-driven style has become the norm. Get her first notes from the field!
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