Domaine Bernard Gripa

St. Joseph Syrah

9.1130 ratings
9.132 pro ratings
St. Joseph, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.3

Classic vintage and classic wine. Nose of cassis, deep berry fruit, smoke, menthol, granite, complex and forward. Giving. Palate is juicy and ripe, concentrated with great acidity and freshness. Really lovely energy and freshness here. Hasn’t aged a bit. Terrific ripe tannins and deep structure. Elegant. Has 20 years ahead of it. Good today. Much better 3-5 years.

Classic vintage and classic wine. Nose of cassis, deep berry fruit, smoke, menthol, granite, complex and forward. Giving. Palate is juicy and ripe, concentrated with great acidity and freshness. Really lovely energy and freshness here. Hasn’t aged a bit. Terrific ripe tannins and deep structure. Elegant. Has 20 years ahead of it. Good today. Much better 3-5 years.

Dec 15th, 2019
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.4

One of the best. Love this vintage here. Nose of pepper, black fruits, some red as well, loads of granite, fresh moss and earth, palate is rich and ripe but also super refined and very accessible but no lack of structure or density while remaining very fresh and mineral. Long finish. Lots of material. Classic Mauves St. Joseph.

One of the best. Love this vintage here. Nose of pepper, black fruits, some red as well, loads of granite, fresh moss and earth, palate is rich and ripe but also super refined and very accessible but no lack of structure or density while remaining very fresh and mineral. Long finish. Lots of material. Classic Mauves St. Joseph.

Sep 22nd, 2019
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.3

In the typical classic Mauves style. Think Pauilllac. Gorgeous nose. Sappy granite and dark berry fruits. Incredibly mineral. Deep oozy black berry fruit but backed up by intense minerals. Palate cuts a swath and has serious density, structure and ample tannin but at the sacrifice of freshness or finesse. These are not meant to be drunk young ideally. If so always decant 2-3 hours no matter the vintage.

In the typical classic Mauves style. Think Pauilllac. Gorgeous nose. Sappy granite and dark berry fruits. Incredibly mineral. Deep oozy black berry fruit but backed up by intense minerals. Palate cuts a swath and has serious density, structure and ample tannin but at the sacrifice of freshness or finesse. These are not meant to be drunk young ideally. If so always decant 2-3 hours no matter the vintage.

Mar 1st, 2018
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.3

just brilliant. Huge granite and super intense. Big, juicy and ripe.

just brilliant. Huge granite and super intense. Big, juicy and ripe.

Mar 17th, 2017
Matt Lasater

Showing well. Blackberry and blueberry compote, violet, ash, cracked pepper, and garrigue. With air some really fun gamey and mineral notes began to show up. Great floral tones throughout especially on the palate. Tannins have certainly softened. I feel like this wine is upfront and immediate like most '09 Rhône wines I've had. Seemed a touch short.

Showing well. Blackberry and blueberry compote, violet, ash, cracked pepper, and garrigue. With air some really fun gamey and mineral notes began to show up. Great floral tones throughout especially on the palate. Tannins have certainly softened. I feel like this wine is upfront and immediate like most '09 Rhône wines I've had. Seemed a touch short.

Nov 24th, 2016
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.3

Great nose. Meaty, peppery, dark almost black fruits. So clean. Super gravelly as well. Palate is firm and structured as young Gripa should be. This has stunning flavor hierarchy and delineation all with mind boggling freshness. Needs a few hours to come together but it is all there. Beautiful noble tannins and structured like an old school Bordeaux. Really one of the top wines in the appellation.

AFTER 5 HOURS - the nose is much more soil and granite driven now. Beautiful licorice and black fruits. Palate has fleshed out tremendously with wonderful dark fruit and vigorous yet ripe tannins. This could use 1-2 years to flesh out but it's a great wine.

Great nose. Meaty, peppery, dark almost black fruits. So clean. Super gravelly as well. Palate is firm and structured as young Gripa should be. This has stunning flavor hierarchy and delineation all with mind boggling freshness. Needs a few hours to come together but it is all there. Beautiful noble tannins and structured like an old school Bordeaux. Really one of the top wines in the appellation.

AFTER 5 HOURS - the nose is much more soil and granite driven now. Beautiful licorice and black fruits. Palate has fleshed out tremendously with wonderful dark fruit and vigorous yet ripe tannins. This could use 1-2 years to flesh out but it's a great wine.

Jul 6th, 2016
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

8.6

Good, not great

Good, not great

Nov 14th, 2015
Jason Heller

Master Sommelier

8.3

Grenache like nose of twizzlers and savory herbs. Full body but short on length.

Grenache like nose of twizzlers and savory herbs. Full body but short on length.

Feb 11th, 2015
Rachel Wesley

Beautiful 1983 from my cellar; mushrooms and hints red peach fuss with a bit of graphite in the finish. Still perfectly aged!

Beautiful 1983 from my cellar; mushrooms and hints red peach fuss with a bit of graphite in the finish. Still perfectly aged!

Feb 9th, 2015
Vincent Bottreau

"Trop", pour moi

"Trop", pour moi

Jan 3rd, 2014