Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

The 2016 ‘Insignia’ is an absolutely incredible showing, and is amongst the most compelling vintages I have yet to taste from the Estate. Composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec which spent 24 months in 100% new french oak. As this unwinds in the glass it begins to release its seductive aromatics of ripe dark currants, crème de cassis and blueberries along with fresh violets, pencil shavings, wild sage brush and exotic spices. On the palate this is full-bodied, with a gorgeous rich, opulent texture that is beautifully balance by a lovely touch if underlying acidity keeping it fresh and inviting all the way through the long enveloping finish. Displaying a remarkable combination of both power and precision, the 2016 is a total stunner and will go on to have a marvelous future for many years to come. — 9 days ago

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Domaine de la Côte Sainte-Epine

Vieilles Vignes St. Joseph Syrah 2017

Lyle Fass
9.3

Beautiful nose and one of the great vintages of this wine. Dark and red berry fruit, spice, smoke, leather, mint, earth and granite. Palate is ripe and so juicy with an incredibly opulent texture. Such freshness and balance. Velvety and beautiful tannins with terrific sweetness but not too sweet. A mineral sweetness among with gorgeous berry fruit. Terrific wine and oh so young. Value city. — 7 days ago

John, Severn and 6 others liked this

Joseph Drouhin

Saint-Véran Chardonnay 2018

Entry level from this very famous Burgundy producer. Cost about $20. If you blur your eyes while looking at the bottle and hold your nose while tasting the wine, you can pretend it's the Chambolle-Musigny.

Lovely, zest, white flowers. Bright and appealing. Not complex but perfectly attractive for a casual evening.
— a day ago

Mike, Matt and 15 others liked this

Pierre Gonon

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2016

The 2016 Saint-Joseph from Pierre Gonon is utterly brilliant. This dazzling wine instantly bursts open with vivid aromas of fresh blackberries and red berries along with violets, salted meat, black olives, pepper, smoke and dried savory herbs. On the palate this is full-bodied, backed by beautiful polished tannins that surround a juicy core of fresh dark berries laced with pepper and spice flavors. On the palate this displays remarkable balance and concentration as well as striking freshness and purity all the way through the long expansive finish. Showing incredible youthful energy and vibrancy, this also displays serious aging potential. — 9 days ago

Ken, Ron and 15 others liked this

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia - 30th Anniversary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Fabulous. Smooth, silky, round on the tongue. One of my faves — 5 days ago

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2013

Deep purple color. Nose reminds me of plum sauce, blackberry bramble, black olive, cured meat, and leather. Nicely balanced with acidity on the palate, noticeable tannins, and notes of tobacco, cigar box, vanilla, graphite, and leather. — 5 days ago

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Domaine du Tunnel (Stéphane Robert)

St. Joseph Syrah 2016

Big dark fruit nose with some vanilla. Deep reddish purple color. Dark fruits to taste with an earthy smoky middle. Delicious. However, quickly loses all the character in the glass and gets tight. My learned friend says it would probably open up again after an hour or 2 but we went for the drink quicker and pour more option. — 2 days ago

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Emmanuel Darnaud

Lieu dit La Dardouille Saint-Joseph Syrah 2015

Lyle Fass
9.4

The nose. Huge perfumed, dark black berry fruit, overwhelming mint, Klondike bar, granite minerality, but a sense of depth is so there. So young. But so deep, so complex and so granite. Juicy and explosive fruit. But young. So impressive. Refined and elegant and has that Darnaud opulent fruit. Will be back once it opens more. — 5 days ago

Severn, Aravind and 9 others liked this

Raymond Trollat

Saint Joseph Syrah

This was incredible and was brimming with personality and life. It tasted like a hypothetical blend of Allemand, Gonon and Clape. A rare treat - 2005 — 5 days ago

Tom, Connor and 13 others liked this

Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2011

Timothy Eustis
9.0

Meaty st Joseph. Lovely development. Still pretty fresh on palate. — 9 days ago

Severn, Ira and 3 others liked this