Carl Eppig wrote:2013 Domaine de la Damase Grenache, Vaucluse, Provence ($13.99 U.S. at Whole Foods, Alcohol level: 14.5%). What a surprise! This is a 100% Grenache at a very reasonable price. It also had a very light color which was another surprise!
Tim York wrote:2005 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph (9/3/2014)
Given Gonon's reputation as well as my experience of other vintages, I was expecting this to sing more eloquently. Colour was still primary with no signs of bricking in the rather dim light of my dining room. Aromas on the nose and on the palate were subdued with the usual N.Rhône notes of metallic sour cherry and grilled meat. The palate was quite full bodied with depth and intensity of fruit, marked non-astringent acidity, good backbone and adequate length. I can't help feeling that even in its 9th year there is unfinished business here, if the aromas open up. Good with ?++ potential.
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This red St.Joseph (all?) is made from 100% Syrah and current vintages cost c.€25. There are many producers whose St.Joseph cost less and our local supermarket offers one from les Caves de Tain for c.€10, but with much less intensity, of course.
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