- Vincent Paris St Joseph Les Cotes 2013 Product #29581 (In Stock)
Vincent Paris, the young master of Cornas, delivers another brilliant St. Joseph in the tricky 2013 harvest. It’s a bit more chunky, dark fruited, and powerful than the 2012, but opens beautifully with air to serve up dark blackberry, black plum, and Bing cherry fruit with a fine dose of Rhone Syrah earthy, meaty, complexity. Try it with veal or beef off the grill, with roast lamb or with any dish that has a nice dose of rosemary and smoke.
"Vibrant, mineral-dominated aromas of fresh cherry and dark berries, along with notes of candied flowers and cracked pepper. Lively and precise on the palate, offering juicy blackberry and floral pastille flavors that gain flesh and power with air. Dusty tannins give grip to the finish, with the mineral note echoing." Vinous 90 points
"With outstanding potential, the 2013 Saint Joseph Les Côtes makes the most of the vintage with its pretty blackberry and black raspberry fruit, crushed rock and subtle olive aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, juicy and balanced, with a lively, pure feel, it will drink well on release and have 4-5 years of longevity."Wine Advocate 88-90 points
- Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge 2012 Product #30187 (In Stock)
As always, a sophisticated St. Joseph with good fruit and plenty of smoky, mineral, complexity.
"Fresh black raspberry, cherry and floral aromas are complicated by a spicy nuance. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering intense red and dark berry flavors that gain weight and power with air. The floral element comes back strong on the finish, which features supple tannins and a hint of spicecake. Distinctly elegant and in a "city style, not rustic," as Philippe Guigal put it." Vinous (Reynolds) 90 points
"As good, if not better, than the 2011, the 2012 Saint Joseph has lots of ripeness in its sexy black fruits, chocolate, vanilla and smoked meat aromas and flavors. I suspect that by the time this sees the inside of a bottle, the oak will have integrated and it will show a more classic profile. Medium to full-bodied, textured and nicely concentrated, it too will have a decade or more prime drinking."Wine Advocate 90-92 points
"Nicely focused, with a tangy savory note up front, followed by olive, bay and dark cherry flavors. The sanguine-edged finish has good cut. Drink now through 2017."Wine Spectator 90 points
- Ogier (Michel Et Stephane) L' Ame Soeur Syrah 2011 Product #29426 (In Stock)
“A dead-ringer for a Cote Blonde Cote Rotie, this cuvee may be the greatest vin de pays I have ever tasted. The 2011 l’Ame Soeur is a small, 8,000-bottle, 100% destemmed cuvee that smells like the great La Mouline from Guigal. Gorgeously fruity and rich with lots of exotic fruits, a huge perfume, and amazing texture as well as length, this is a quintessential example of an over-achieving wine.” Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) 91-93
"Brilliant ruby-red. Heady red berry compote and spicecake scents are complicated by a suave floral quality and a zesty mineral flourish. Sweet, penetrating and pure on the palate, offering energetic raspberry and floral pastille flavors that give way to deeper cherry with air. Tight, spicy and fat-free wine with strong finishing cut and dusty tannins that add grip and firmness."International Wine Cellar 91 points
“A superb value that competes with wines two to three time its price, the 2011 Syrah l’Ame Soeur IGP is comprised of 100% Syrah that comes from schist soils, north of Ampuis, that are very similar to what’s found in the northern part of Cote Rotie (although the schist in this more northern region is a lighter gold color). Elegant and finesse-driven, with hints of crushed flowers, olive, underbrush and copious red and black fruits, this medium to full-bodied beauty has fine tannin, a seamless texture and ample length on the finish. It can be consumed now, or cellared for upwards of a decade.” Jeb Dunnuck,Wine Advocate 92 points
- Gaillard Cote Rotie 2012 Product #29013 (In Stock)
Proof that fine Cote Rotie does not have to be either huge or stern in order to be delicious. Very Burgundian, elegant, and pure.
"Also solid, the classic 2012 Cote Rotie (which incorporated 10% Viognier) is made in a lighter, elegant style with perfumed rose petal, peat, violets, creme de cassis and smoke all emerging from the glass. Balanced, with a medium-bodied, nicely polished profile on the palate, it will be approachable early on and drink nicely for a decade. The wines all have a classic, fresh and focused feel, and certainly, those looking for big textures and loads of fruit should look elsewhere."Wine Advocate 89-91 points
- Guigal Condrieu 2013 Product #29980 (In Stock)
"Pungent aromas of pear skin, mango and lime pith, plus a suave floral overtone. Penetrating, sharply focused citrus and pit fruit flavors gain depth, spiciness and a touch of honey with air. Dry, penetrating and minerally on the persistent finish, which leaves violet and bitter pear skin notes behind." Vinous 91 points
"Just bottled in June of this year, the 2013 Condrieu is tighter, more focused and reserved than the 2012. It offers pretty notes of tangerine, mint, citrus blossom and crushed rock to go with a medium-bodied, fresh, focused style on the palate. It will be better in another year and have 2-4 years of longevity."Wine Advocate 92 points
"A bold style, with white ginger, anise and star fruit notes giving the core of white peach, pear and melon flavors an almost chutneylike feel. Bright honeysuckle and chamomile notes keep this pure and high-pitched through the finish. Quite a show. Drink now through 2017."Wine Spectator 93 points
- Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2011 Product #29955 (In Stock)
Delicious already but built to improve for a decade or two!
"Smoky, mineral-accented cherry and dark berry scents are lifted by a suggestion of peppery spices. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, showing excellent focus and depth to its bitter cherry and blackcurrant flavors. Opens up slowly on the long, floral finish, which is firmed by dusty, fine-grained tannins. This suave wine is delicious right now but should age gracefully on its balance." Vinous (Reynolds) 92 points
"I loved the forward, sexy style of the 2011 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde, and it’s just hard to resist today. Loaded with notions of kirsch, blackberry, toasted nuts and spice, it’s medium to full-bodied, elegant, seamless and hedonistic. I’d happily drink it anytime over the coming decade."Wine Advocate 92 points
"Still youthfully tight, with a core of steeped cherry, plum skin and fig paste flavors coiled up with lush singed vanilla bean and fruitcake notes. Offers a dense, sappy feel through the finish, as the woodsy note still needs to be soaked up fully. Worth cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2027."Wine Spectator 92 points