Joseph Swan Vineyards

Joseph Swan Vineyards

Trenton Station Russian River Valley Syrah 2011

Stopped by Joseph Swan for a quick tasting flight this afternoon, this wasn’t on the flight but since the 2013 Syrah was so fabulous, picked up a bottle of the 2011 to pair with some great cheese we bought, this shows inky color, mostly black fruits, complexity yet still so very young, medium-long finish, 11 years old going on 3, needs more aging!! — 20 days ago

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Cave Sébastien Blachon

Margariat Saint-Joseph Syrah 2019

Starts weighty and earthy, but becomes pretty with a few days. Earth, grape, brine, berry. Tannins are grippy and forbidding, actually quite bitter, but then this does have promising seductiveness and finesse. — 4 days ago

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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Clos Florentin Saint-Joseph Syrah 2017

Off the charts good, textbook classic Syrah made in a clean and almost too perfect way. Where are the faults? Kidding aside this is about as good as anything I have had from St. Jo from Gonon or anyone else. All the classic notes of black pepper, roasted meats, bacon fat, olive, the hole package...the nose is very pronounced and the palate has freshness to the generosity, a super long finish and a very fun and enjoyable bottle! — 2 hours ago

Domaine Faiveley (Joseph Faiveley)

Clos des Myglands Mercurey 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2014

Pop and pour. One btl remaining. This tasted over the hill at first: no nose, tired palate. I didn't pour it down the drain and my father-in-law insisted on tasting it. He said: it isn't flawed, which is true, but it also seemed well past prime at the time.
Nevertheless, after 3 hrs: nose of soft plum, gamebird and cocoa, and the softest touch of VA. On the palate, slightly less compelling, hi-toned black and red fruit with some green notes and a tangy, bright finish. Conclusion: seems solid to good with a fair amount of air!
— 4 days ago

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Domaine de Fauterie

Les Combaud St. Joseph Syrah 2019

Lyle Fass
9.6

Another grand slam from Sylvain Bernard. Nose is ultra granite. Some black berry but man is this stoney. Smells like the Cornas but more Burgundian. Maybe the most expressive mineral nose I’ve ever had in a St. Joseph. 9.8 nose. This is doing it for me. It is so expansive. Intoxicating. The level of herbs are incredible. Just a knockout. Elegant and deep on the palate with terrific ripeness and intense concentration. But man is this painfully young. Awesome blancs, purity and length and so juicy with intense mineral grip. This needs to flesh out and the fruit needs to become more prominent. It will. My last French wine for a while! — 15 hours ago

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Cave Sébastien Blachon

Cuvée Isaline Saint Joseph blanc Marsanne Roussanne 2019

Straight up jasmine perfume. Complex herbal bouquet, juniper and rosemary along with cracker jacks and buttercream icing. Brilliant, deliciously subtle edge of mineral and spice. The @Lyle Fass northern rhone blanc portfolio is stunning and eye opening. This has insane drinkability. Pushing 9.6.

@Delectable Wine this is the Isaline blanc.
— 19 days ago

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Andrew Schirmer

Andrew Schirmer

Agreed, great stuff 🥂✌🏼
Lyle Fass

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thanks Josh. it’s my pet project, more of a vanity project as more people prefer riesling and chardonnay but I love the stuff and will keep bringing it in.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2018

Blend of 87% Cab Sauv, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cab Franc sourced from estate-owned vineyards, aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. Deep Ruby, dark fruits, spice, complex nose. On the palate flavors of rich berry fruits, spice and vanilla oak, well structured harmonious wine. Fine soft rich tannins, long finish ending with fruit, tobacco and sweet earthy tones. Tasting great, young and juicy, should easily last another couple of decades+ in the bottle. Wow! — 13 hours ago

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Domaine Gerard Courbis

Vieilles Vignes St. Joseph Syrah 2019

Lyle Fass
9.5

As authentic as it gets. Older than old school. Nose is iodine, granite, blackberries, and it’s all wrapped in a bow. It is so refined. Wow. This is a stunning young bottle of this. Always a 9.5 as you can see by previous notes but this is just beyond. Meaty. I mean like sick insane vivid meats. Smoked and cured. 9.8 nose. Holy shit. That palate is elegant as all can be but has serious structure and tannins but all wrapped in granite and blackberry fruit. What a finish. This is as good a St. Joseph as I’ve had in months. Wow the concentration. So granitic and mineral. Young. But incredible. 9.5 for now. — 8 days ago

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Domaine Bernard Gripa

Le Berceau Blanc Saint-Joseph Marsanne 2020

Belle découverte, sérieux bien structuré, acidité bien présente. Fruits à chaire blanche, un peu de citron, minéral en fin de bouche. — a month ago

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Pierre Gonon

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2017

Lyle Fass
9.7

2017 N Rhones are having a moment. My goodness this is wonderful. Olives, blackberry, red berries, so vivid and pure. Gaminess. So deep and pure. Nimble. Long. Granitic. No formal notes. — 20 days ago

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Daniel Bloom

Daniel Bloom

@Lyle Fass Always great, with that understated label. Love it.