Even better, with more minerality and elegance, the blockbuster 2015 Saint Joseph Sainte Epine comes from this cool, windy, granite site located just outside of the small village of Saint-Jean-de-Muzols. Destemmed and brought up in 40% new oak, its vibrant purple color is followed by full-bodied notes of black raspberries, cassis, crushed rocks, and spring flowers. It’s concentrated, has awesome purity of fruit, and stays compact and tight on the palate. Hide bottles for 3-4 years. This wine should evolve for 10-15 years or more.
Less aromatic than the François de Tournon bottling, the 2015 Saint-Joseph Sainte-Epine is nonetheless a stellar effort that may be even longer lived. It shows great concentration, pouring across the palate in a single jolt of dark fruit, expanding and intensifying on the powerful finish. Black cherries and plums carry hints of molten rock, charcoal and other inorganic complexities, which are brightened by crisp acids and buffered by firm tannins. 94+ points. (JC)
Bright violet. Deep-pitched aromas of ripe red and blue fruits are complicated by cola, anise and smoked meat accents. Sweet, seamless black raspberry, cherry liqueur and cracked pepper flavors smoothly combine heft and finesse and show no rough edges. Large-scaled but shows good vivacity and finishes on a gently tannic note, with very good clarity and persistence. (JR)
Plenty of oak. A toasty, sappy and spicy edge, with peppery nuances and ripe blackberry fruits. The palate has slick, fleshy plum-flavored fruits with a core of ripe, plush tannins and a cola-flavored finish. Drink now.
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