On a cold winter Sunday, after making a pot of Lentil Soup, this was opened and it was a perfect match. St. Joseph Blancs are not all that common but this one is worth searching out (so are this producer's reds)! Light golden in color. The nose is nice with a bit of wax, but nice peach and slight tropical fruit. Very clean. On the palate, this comes across with a lot of acidity until the finish where it get's really turned up. Nice creamy texture. Some peach and slight bees wax. Depth For around $25, this was a great match.
Ruby/purple in color. The nose has cherries, slight cough syrup, some anise and spice. Nice. On the palate, this has a lovely juicy but velvety texture. Cherries and cherry cough syrup with some underlying spices. Nice finish. Very food friendly. This still is a bit young and another few years of cellaring will be beneficial. If not,, give it some air now.
This is young but wonderful. It should improve a bit over the next couple of years. Ruby in color, clear and bright. Great nose of black cherries, cloves, black olives and black pepper. Lovely juicy full (glycerin) texture. On the palate, black cherries and in a really good way, light cherry cough syrup. Some vanilla. Long finish. This has plenty of depth but its hard to find layers at this young stage. Still, it is delicious and would work with hearty foods. Better yet, wait 3 to 5 years and drink over the next ten or so.
This is very good and for $30 a nice value. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, slight mocha, spice and plums. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Juicy and plush. Lots of black cherry fruit. The mocha note carries thru. Medium to full bodied. Good acidity. Delicious. Will work with heavier foods (think cassoulet). This has some upscale with future development and should be good for another decade, maybe more.
Purple in color. The nose is great with black raspberries, black pepper, slight charred meats and hints of bacon. On the palate, this is pretty ripe for St. Joseph but well with limits. Lovely, full texture. Lots of black raspberry fruit with underlying earth. Deep with layers that unwind in the glass. Still young but getting there. Needs bigger or spicy foods to match. Works well on its own. A bit expensive for a St. Joseph but well worth the $60 tariff release price.
Gorgeous wine. A blend of mostly Marsanne with some Roussanne. Drinking great right now but Rhone white wines are always unpredictable. Golden in color. The nose has some peaches, wax with an herbal note floating above the rest. Very nice. It has a slightly oily texture with lots of body weight. The peach notes carry thru to the palate. Slightly orange citrus on the finish. This will probably shut down at some point but then reopen and last for a couple more decades. This will work with moderately hearty foods.
Deep ruby in color. The nose is dusty with black cherries, some spice and slight garrique. On the palate, this has some depth. Good balance. Tasty. Nice black cherry fruit with underlying minerality. This will work with a wide range of foods.
This retailed for under $30 so it was a fine value. Though the vintage was exceptional this is not a great wine, but certainly solid. Ruby in color. The nose has some cherries and a bit of spice. On the palate, the cherries continue. A bit tart and a bit light. No tannins. I doubt this gets better. It should work well enough at the dinner table with most foods.
Just an amazing wine. This was a vintage with a lot of heat, some wines got jammy and while this is a big wine, it is definitely under control. Purple/ruby in color. The nose is complex. Lots of black cherries, black raspberries, with grilled meats, and some anise. Clean, no barnyard. The texture is amazing. A great example of a sexy wine. On the palate, loads of black cherry fruit. Depth. No hint of the 16% Alcohol. Long finish. This probably still has some room for improvement and certainly no hurry on it.
Slightly better than a recently tasted 2006. Purple, ruby at the rim. Raspberries and boysenberries, with licorice, floral and spice on the nose. A lot of complexity. Amazing texture. Lush, supple and sexy all at once. Perfectly balanced. Tannins seem about resolved. Long finish. This seems to be at peak right now but should stay over the next few years depending on bottle variation. Will work with a wide variety of food at this point, but heavier foods would be better.