16 April 2014

Bottle Juice

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St. Joseph

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By Lyle Fass of Rockss and Fruit 18 days ago.
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…how to make wine at a neighbor. When Michelle found out she left him a vineyard in St. Joseph. Lionel made a brilliant wine and Michelle decided after tasting that wine she would no longer sell her grapes to the Co-op and vinify all of them herself. She had that a-ha moment which I am sure all of you have had with wine.

When it comes to the cultivation of the vines, she takes a hands off approach and will spray as little as possible. She has maximum respect for nature and is humbled by …

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Exciting, great-value wines are coming out of St Joseph, thanks to the vision and the talent of a number of producers. Here, Eva Polaki highlights five vintners who are making the world sit up and take notice of the appellation's wines.

A big success story in St-Joseph is written by Jérôme Coursodon the fifth generation of this small 15-hectare domain which began producing wines in the 19th century. The majority of its vineyards are perfectly located …

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Exciting, great-value wines are coming out of St Joseph, thanks to the vision and the talent of a number of producers. Here, Eva Polaki highlights five vintners who are making the world sit up and take notice of the appellation's wines.

A big success story in St-Joseph is written by Jérôme Coursodon the fifth generation of this small 15-hectare domain which began producing wines in the 19th century. The majority of its vineyards are perfectly located …

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Cornas. Even Crozes-Hermitage has managed to commercially outsmart St-Joseph by drawing on its name association with Hermitage. However, in the past decade a wave of dynamic, ambitious growers (locals and newcomers in the region) have been writing a new chapter for the appellation, resurrecting hillside vineyards, refining the winemaking, and demonstrating that St-Joseph can offer distinctive quality and a superb, affordable alternative to the more famous appellations of the Northern Rhône Valley

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By Andy Besch of Organic Wine Journal 1 month ago.
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…Comtes des Rhodaniens. Did that help? How about it's in the Northern Rhone, near St Joseph and the Ardeche. That's as close as I'm going to get you. Emmanuel and Marie-Agnes Barou have been farming organically for almost 40 years (1975), and their vineyards are certified organic ( Ecocert). The Cuvee des Vernes is 100% syrah from 30 year-old vines. After a brief cold maceration, and then an 18 day fermentation, it ages in five year old oak for nine months. Nothing …

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By Adam Japko of WineZag 20 days ago.
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…holds vineyards in the Collines Rhodaniennes, which best I can pinpoint is south of St. Joseph near Crozes Hermitage. The sub region has been building a reputation for simpler, less expensive alternatives to pricey Condrieu Viognier and Syrah from Cote Rotie. A lack of familiarity with Collines Rhodaniennes wines let me assume they were cheaper, but still similarly styled wines.

Jean Gaillard's 2012 Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah not only offers a fresh look at Northern Rhone Syrah

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By Lyle Fass of Rockss and Fruit 1 month ago.
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…brilliant Souteronne. It turns out that right in the middle of a certain area of St. Joseph, Gamay has been grown for many years. I am really thrilled to offer the 2012 IGP Collines Rhodaniennes "Intuition" for as low as $ 19.99 on the 6-pack. The elevage for the Intuition is normal fermentation and it is raised in barrels so it has grippy tannins and sweet ripe fruit that just soaks and soaks on the palate. The nose is one of those that has nuanced depth and is so pure …

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Emmanuel makes excellent wines in the south of the commune of Crozes and now, thanks to his father-in-law Bernard Faurie, also in St Joseph. The laudable if sometimes futile experimentation in the winery seems to have abated a little of late as the winning formula, which focuses more on demi-muid maturation, appears to have been struck. Most certainly in 2012, a vintage which he describes, somewhat enigmatically, as Rhodanien.

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Our 2012 Rhône Vintage Recommendation: Best-value Northern Rhône Red

A touch of smoke, full and rich black fruit and seasoned with a sprinkling of spice; this has lovely depth of black fruit on the palate. It's crisp and full-bodied, pure and fine, long, elegant and concentrated. If only all St Joseph was as good as this. Drink 2015-2020+.

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These vines are located on the plateau above Malleval and are over 30-year-old. The 2012 …

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…a plot of vines located just outside the town of Tournon (the southern part of the St. Joseph appellation and just across the river from Hermitage), the 2012 St.-Joseph Le Clos is classic in style, with a fresh, delineated and focused profile. Offering vibrant black raspberry, violets, crushed flowers, ground herbs and background meatiness, it flows onto the palate with a seamless, medium to full-bodied texture, integrated acidity and superb length on the finish. Give it a year or two …

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