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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.
Aged for twelve months: 20% in new oak – 40% in one year old barrels - 40 % in two and three years old barrels.
Because our harvest finished in October, we managed to get a good ripening level, which was not always easy in the northern Rhone. Austerity is my ennemy for St Joseph winemaking! The malolactic fermentations went well through springtime, which allowed us to run a good work in barrels. Nice structure, round tannins: it develops diverse aromatic dimensions. These various dimensions fight or combine, depending on the stage. Jasmin, rose, blackberry, wood coal. Bottled without any filtration.
"Briary in feel, with a mix of red cherry, black currant and blackberry fruit backed by cassis bush, sweet tobacco and mineral notes. There's a nice underlying juicy edge on the finish, where a perfumy hint of black tea chimes in. Drink now through 2012."
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.
Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
(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...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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