Joseph Phelps

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Paul K

Opened up after 1.5 hours and it’s great! Getting better every year. 92-93 — 14 days ago

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Domaine des Pierres Sèches Sylvain Gauthier

St. Joseph Syrah 2019

Lyle Fass

Floral and full of olives. Utterly classic and super pure. Loads of granite and huge dark berry fruit. Aromatic and sensual. Lovely herbals as well. Almost smells like high end indica. Wow this is terrific! Huge power, depth and concentration and big, but ripe and substantial tannins. But of all the normal st. Jo’s I sell this one benefits the most from age. 3-4 years this is what one wants to be drinking. Perfect balance and outrageous freshness. Really long and showing wonderful complexity. After air this gets super duper floral and shows such startlingly pure fruit. Really young with such fine tannins. So well knit and integrated as it airs. The first sip is a bruiser then it gets all elegant and fine. Tangy as well on the finish. A great wine. — 10 days ago

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Domaine des Pierres Sèches Sylvain Gauthier

Saint-Joseph Marsanne Roussanne 2019

Lyle Fass

Mostly Marsanne and this clocks in at a whopping 15%! Nose is rich and ripe. Very pure. Fascinating Marsanne minerality. Buttery but high end French buttery. Smells big. Palate is quite elegant and shows less heat than the 14.5% Viognier. It’s still there but this is rich and dense for sure but also playful and light at the same time. Very juicy, lovely freshness and as the wine opens it retains more freshness and the heat goes away. Marsanne handles alcohol much better than Viognier. Nose gets much more refined and elegant as it airs out and wow that finish is super long. Really well made. Teetering between 9.2 and 9.3 right now. I’ll see where air brings this . — 10 days ago

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Jean-François Malsert

Lou Taissou Saint Joseph Syrah 2018

Brought to Tasting Group. Popped and poured; presented in typical double-blind fashion. In the glass, the wine is deep purple with an opaque core. Medium+ viscosity. The nose is simply sensational. Intense aromas of pepper salami, purple flowers, kalamata olives, tobacco, and Spanish paprika. On the palate, the wine is fairly primary at this stage with gorgeous black and blue fruits and a healthy amount of black pepper. There is a lovely freshness about this wine. High tannin, medium+ acid with a long, satisfying finish. What a winner. Domaine de L’Iserand “Lou Taissou” is 100% organic and biodynamically farmed Syrah from Ozon. 60% whole cluster with half the production aged in 600L demi-muids and the other half aged in Flextank. Only 208 cases of were made. — 14 days ago

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Domaine des Pierres Seches

Sylvain Gauthier Cuvée Aubert St. Joseph Syrah 2018

Lyle Fass

Stunning nose, blackberries and florals, hint of honey and loads of granite. Black and green olive. Almost a tapenade. Super floral. Just a stunning stunning nose. Truly wow. Big wine and very juicy and very grippy. Huge structure, depth and tannins and just unreal granitic freshness. Wow. So so deep. Massive tannins but they are ripe and has that 2018 “this will age for fucking ever” vibe to it. That nose is easily a 9.7 but the palate needs to come together a bit more which it will. So rich, so decadent yet so fresh with absurd levels of concentration and richness. Bury this deep in the back of the cellar. Terrific long finish with just amazing persistence. — 12 hours ago

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Domaine des Pierres Sèches Sylvain Gauthier

Syrah 2019

Lyle Fass

Nose is a bit reduced and sulfury but that will blow off. Some nice berry Syrah fruit and hints of granite. Lovely black and green olive. Spice and smoke as well. For such an inexpensive wine this is showing terrific aromatic complexity. Wow, that’s what I’m talking about! Juicy and so pure. Refined and rustic at the same time with just killer Syrah fruit that is bouncy and juicy. Lots of red berries intermingled with some dark berries as well. As it airs it gets more refined. There is a lot to like here and this represents very very good value. Really longer than it should be as well. As this airs it gets so much lighter and finesse driven. Superb wine! — 10 days ago

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Bernard Faurie

St. Joseph Syrah 2009

Cuvée élevage 9 ans
Robe jeune et noire
Nez précis fruit noire et lardé et frais
Bouche tendue très longiligne mais avec du gras en attaque la fin de bouche est plus creuse
Un manque d air ?
— a day ago

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Domaine des Pierres Seches

Gauthier Revirand Saint-Joseph Syrah 2019

Lyle Fass

Sick nose. Incense, spices, lavender, so floral and pretty. Orange rind and orange zest. Flower shop. Granite. So so pretty. Cote Rotie like nose.

Palate is so refined and juicy. Wow. What an intense wine. So gamey and meaty. Gravy almost. Blackberry and black fruits. Huge acids. So juicy and terrific fruit and purity. Velvety and sweet tannins and a level of class and refinement not even seen in the Aubert. Lovely and fresh. Really well balanced. Saturates the palate with a terrific fruit soak. Excellent wine. Needs maybe 5 years!
— 12 hours ago

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Matthew Cohen

Matthew Cohen

Wait what? What is it ?
Lyle Fass

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@Matthew Cohen new cuvee. No idea what it is because sylvain never answers emails.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1975


1975 Phelps Eisele Vineyard. Dinner at Tap w Frederic. Drank first, before the 1990 Leroy Richebourg, and then the 1975 Mayacamas Napa Mountain CS. This was our favorite. Decanted right before serving and the nose was super refined and elegant. The finish went on forever. Probably should be drinking sooner rather than later. — 18 days ago

Domaine Monier Perréol

Les Serves St. Joseph Syrah 2014

2014 Vintage- with take out from “Eye on I “ thank you restaurant folks - for all you do - the wine displays cured meat , spice ,stones great acidity boysenberry fruit delicious - could’ve waited but still very good — 8 days ago

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Yum 😋