Saint Cosme St. Joseph 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Because our harvesting finished in October, we managed to get a good ripening level, which is not always easy in the northern Rhone. Austerity is the enemy for St. Joseph winemaking! The malolactic fermentations went well through springtime, which allowed us to run a good work in the barrels. Nice structure, round tannins: it develops diverse aromatic dimensions. These various dimensions fight or combine, depending on the stage. Jasmin, rose, blackberry and wood coal notes.
"Sleek, with a cassis, red licorice and floral profile, followed by a tangy, herb-tinged finish. Drink now through 2011."
"Barruol’s 2005 St.-Joseph is very much in keeping with the firm, closed, austere style of the vintage. Coming from the hillsides of Sereine, one of the best subsections of St.-Joseph, the wine has high tannins, a dark ruby/purple color, good, pure fruit, but is incredibly backward and will require patience."
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Learn About Saint Cosme Map It
Louis Barruol is the 14th generation Barruol to make wine at Saint Cosme. The Chateau was built in the late 16th Century on the site of a former Roman villa, and the remains of a Roman wine cellar, carved into the stone of the hillside, still exist in the chateau's caves. There are 37 acres of vineyards and the vines average 60 years of age. The old plots (pictured on the Gigondas label) and stitch across the escarpment of the ragged Dentelles de Montmirail, an oft-painted mountain range.
Learn About Other Rhône
Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
Learn About Syrah/Shiraz
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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