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. (JC) 94+
Bright violet color. Dark berries, potpourri, peppery spices and smoky minerals on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy, penetrating and alluringly sweet, offering densely packed blackberry, cherry compote and violet flavors that are lifted and sharpened by a spine of juicy acidity. Supple tannins add grip to the impressively persistent, mineral-laced finish, which strongly repeats the floral note. (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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