2011 Pierre Gonon Saint-Joseph
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)
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.
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.
The Gonon brothers don't make single vineyard bottlings at the expense of their "entry level" cuvees 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 and savory character are highlighed by iron and granitic minerality.