2011 Pierre Gonon St-Joseph

SKU #1121229 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Saint Joseph offers lots of olive tapenade, black currants, blackberry, tobacco and spice in a medium to full-bodied, supple and beautifully fruited profile. Filling in nicely with time in the glass, this chewy, rich effort has ripe tannin, excellent freshness and a big finish. Enjoy it over the coming decade or so. (JD)  (12/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. Intense red fruit and floral pastille aromas are complemented by smoky Indian spices and zesty minerality. Shows impressive clarity and depth on the palate, with sappy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors becoming spicier with aeration. Finishes with youthful tannic grip and impressive length, leaving a suave violet note behind. Gonon told me he thinks this wine is in the process of shutting down "as the tannins are much more pronounced now than they were in the early fall," and he advises waiting another three years or so before checking back in on it. (JR)  (4/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This red features a fleshy feel, with plum skin, blackberry coulis and loganberry notes bouncing off one another while dark licorice and fruitcake accents line the finish. Shows depth and weight, but remains stylish. Drink now through 2022. (JM)  (11/2013)

K&L Notes

The Gonon brothers don't make single-vineyard bottlings at the expense of their "entry-level" cuvées such as this one. Distinct vineyard parcels surrounding the villages of Mauves, Tournon and St-Jean de Muzols. The wine is aged for 14-16 months in barrel and large casks before bottling. Red and black fruit with violet and a meaty, savory character are highlighted by iron and granite minerality.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13