I had a few expletives in my notes for the 2015 St Joseph Lieu Dit St Joseph and like many of these 2015s, it’s easily the best example of the cuvée to date. This sensational, inky-colored beauty offers of a huge bouquet of incense, blueberries, cassis, black powder and graphite. It’s full-bodied, concentrated and ripe, with building tannin and a blockbuster finish. Aged all in 15% new barrels, do your best to give bottles 2-4 years of bottle age. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines I’ve tasted from this team.(JD)
A massive fruit bomb of a Northern Rhône Syrah, the inky colored 2015 Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Saint Joseph comes from the namesake vineyard of the appellation and offers tons of cassis, blackberry jam, crushed rocks, smoked meats and white chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, balanced and unctuous, with awesome density and depth, it's another stunner readers shouldn't miss. The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? They’re made in tiny quantities and there’s just not enough to go around. For readers who don’t know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team.
Lovely cassis, plum sauce and raspberry puree flavors flow through, supported by well-embedded structure that lets the velvet-textured fruit play out. (JM)
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2016 Raymond Usseglio "Cuvée Impériale - Vignes Centenaires" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)