The color is a deep, dark ruby red with garnet wick gourmet reflection. The nose is clearly marked by delicate aromas of cassis and spices. On the palate, "François de Tournon" shows a tender, voluptuous texture that masks a good tannic structure, fine and silky. Will age well.
"This has a nice chalky spine holding the black cherry, violet, red licorice and garrigue notes together, while the finish is taut and filled with iron. Drink now through 2012. 1,665 cases made. "
"The 2005 St.-Joseph Francois de Tournon is a restrained, but promising wine displaying its terroir of pure granite soils in its stony personality, crisp acidity, and black/purple fruit. Although somewhat austere, it is concentrated, medium to full-bodied, and promising. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following decade."
The Wine Advocate