Domaine du Tunnel St. Joseph Rouge 2007
Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
Stéphane's St. Joseph is made from three parcels in Tournon, Glun, and Mauves—three of the original six villages, in the southern part of the appellation near Cornas—from vines dating back to the 1920s. The granite-dominated soils of these parcels imbue the wine with a pungent, almost powdery minerality that is so prominent as to be almost puzzling (in a wonderful way). The fruit is pure, and very deep, but also extremely bright, displaying a Burgundy-like combination of power and weightlessness. Furthermore, the wine is unmarked by the influence of new oak, as Stéphane dislikes those flavors in northern Rhone syrah, ageing instead in four-to-six-year-old casks. His wines are uncanny in their union of clarity and fruit expression with an unmistakable stamp of terroir—this St. Joseph could come from nowhere else in the world, and displays all the bramble, pepper, and bacon fat you want and expect in a wine from this region. While approachable and delicious today, it should evolve and improve for at least eight years… A truly exceptional wine.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 St.-Joseph is a very fine effort for the vintage. Powdered rock, cassis, underbrush, and pepper characteristics dominate the aromas and flavors of this sensual wine that displays silky tannins. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. 89-91 points"
Domaine du Tunnel Winery
Stephane Robert began building his domaine from scratch in 1994, at the age of 24. He began with a handful of rental agreements and now works with 3 hectares in Cornas, 2.5 in Saint-Joseph and 2 in Saint-Peray, most of which he owns. This has become an excellent source for nicely balanced, traditionally styled wines as Robert seeks intensity of flavor but dislikes the masking influence of new oak. View all Domaine du Tunnel Wines
About Other RhôneView a map of Other Rhône wineries Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.