This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Josh Raynolds’ article Power and Energy: The 2018 and 2017 Northern Rhônes . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "Northern Rhône wine lovers whose tastes run to richness and power are going to have a field day with the 2018 and 2017 vintages. While most of the wines tend toward dark fruit character, the best examples also have quite a bit of freshness and energy. That is especially true of the 2018s, which will appeal to readers who prefer a more classic style." --Josh Raynolds, Power and Energy: The 2018 and 2017 Northern Rhônes, April 2020 1. Aurélien Chatagnier 2017 Cornas 2. Dard & Ribo 2017 Saint-Joseph 3. Domaine A. Clape 2017 Cornas 4. Domaine Alain Graillot 2017 Saint-Joseph 5. Domaine André Perret 2017 Saint-Joseph 6. Domaine Champet 2018 Côte-Rôtie La Viallière 7. E. Guigal 2015 Hermitage Ex-Voto 8. Éric Texier 2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Brézème 9. Fayolle Fils & Fille 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Clos Les Cornirets 10. Laurent Habrard 2017 Saint-Joseph

Aurélien Chatagnier

Cornas Syrah

Delectable Wine
9.2

Bright purple. Ripe dark berries, pungent flowers, olive paste and cracked pepper on the perfumed nose. Chewy and energetic on the palate, offering intense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Finishes on a smoky note, with repeating dark fruit character, rounded tannins and strong tenacity. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2020)
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Alain Graillot

St. Joseph Syrah 2017

Delectable Wine
9.2

Dark, glistening ruby. Aromas of ripe, spice-tinged dark berries, licorice and candied flowers, along with a hint of olive paste. Silky and round on the palate, offering sweet blueberry, cherry and spicecake flavors that turn livelier on the back half. Dusty tannins add grip to a long, smoke-tinged finish that strongly repeats the cherry and spice notes. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2020)
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E. Guigal

Ex Voto Hermitage Syrah 2015

Delectable Wine
9.7

Deep, glass-staining ruby. Deep-pitched aromas of cherry liqueur, blackberry, fruitcake and incense on the highly perfumed nose. Stains the palate with vibrant black and blue fruit liqueur, allspice and violet pastille flavors, enlivened by a smoky mineral nuance that builds with aeration. Shows a suave blend of richness and vivacity, and no rough edges. Spicy and expansive on the strikingly long, sappy finish, which features resonating dark berry character and youthfully chewy tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2020)
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René-Jean Dard & Francois Ribo

St. Joseph Syrah 2017

Delectable Wine
9.2

Bright violet. Pungent, mineral- and smoke-accented cherry and dark berry aromas expand slowly with air, picking up subtle olive and violet nuances. Chewy and tightly focused on entry, but opens up quickly to offer appealing sweet cherry and cola flavors. The smoky note recurs on an impressively long, gently tannic finish that leaves a suggestion of candied flowers behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2020)
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André Perret

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2017

Delectable Wine
9.2

Inky, bright-rimmed ruby. Mineral-accented cherry, cassis and peony qualities on the highly perfumed nose, along with a building mineral nuance. Appealingly sweet and focused on the palate, offering juicy dark berry, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that slowly deepen through the midpalate. Shows real energy and spicy lift on the persistent finish, which is given shape by smooth, even tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2020)
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Éric Texier

Côtes du Rhône Brézème Syrah 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

Deep violet. Powerful, smoke-accented dark berries, licorice and pungent flowers on the mineral-inflected nose. Chewy black and blue fruit and candied violet flavors take on a spicy aspect as the wine opens up. In a generous yet still lively style, with solid finishing thrust and dusty tannins framing a long, dark-fruit-dominated finish. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2020)
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Domaine Habrard (Laurent Habrard)

"Sainte Epine" St. Joseph Syrah 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

Glass-staining ruby. Smoke- and spice-tinged dark berry, cherry and violet scents pick up a hint of licorice with air. In a fleshy, generous style, showing very good depth and appealing sweetness to the cherry preserve and cassis flavors, which take on a spicy aspect on the back half. Smooth, even tannins frame a long, smoky finish that leaves a hint of bitter chocolate behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2020)
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Domaine Auguste Clape

Cornas Syrah 2017

Delectable Wine
9.5

Dark, youthful purple. Powerful, smoke- and mineral-accented aromas of ripe dark berries, licorice, olive and a hint of incense on the deeply perfumed nose. Juicy and sharply delineated in the mouth, offering concentrated, spice-laced blackberry, bitter cherry and fruitcake flavors that take on a smoky aspect as the wine opens up. In an ample but lively style, finishing juicy and extremely long, with building tannins adding framework and youthful grip. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2020)
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Domaine Champet

La Viallière Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2018

Delectable Wine
9.4

Dark violet. Spice- and mineral-accented black and blue fruit aromas show excellent definition and pick up olive, smoky bacon and candied violet notes with air. Sappy and concentrated but energetic as well, offering palate-staining blackberry, bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors that become spicier as the wine opens up. Melds power and finesse with a sure hand and finishes impressively long and sweet, with chewy tannins building steadily. All whole clusters and 10% new oak, a combination of foudres and demi-muids. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2020)
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Fayolle Fils & Fille

Clos les Cornirets Vielles Vignes Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2017

Delectable Wine
9.4

Deep, glistening ruby. Expansive blackberry and cherry compote flavors are complemented by hints of exotic spices, incense and olive. Round and fleshy but energetic as well, offering intense black and blue fruit liqueur and spicecake flavors underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. A smoky note comes up on the youthfully tannic finish, which hangs on with strong, spice- and mineral-driven tenacity. This an extremely successful wine for its appellation and at the quality level of many Hermitages. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2020)
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