Originally Posted by RedLantern
Its my understanding that the nothern rhone blends (hermitage, crozes hermitage, cote rotie (SP?), are syrah based, but the further south you head, it tends to be more grenache and a smattering of other things?
Well most of your Northern Rhône wines aren't blends, at least not from your more well known AOCs, ErmitAge, Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas, Côte Rôtie, etc. They are usually pure Syrah, maybe with a little Viognier. I think Northern Rhône Côtes-du-Rhône are usually pure Syrah as well.
Blind tasting just now:
Rhys Bearwallow 2009
2008 Littorai Cerise vineyard
Anthill Farm Abbey Harris - 2008?
2007 Peay scallop shelf