2011 Pierre Jean Villa "Préface" Saint-Joseph
Juicy and focused, with a graphite spine that provides good cut to the core of plum skin, blackberry pâte de fruit and singed anise notes. The grippy edge hangs through the finish, where a mulled spice hint weaves in. Best from 2014 through 2018. 850 cases made. (Web-2013)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. Intense black and blue fruits on the nose, with notes of pipe tobacco, licorice and violet gaining strength with air. Juicy, tightly focused cherry and cassis flavors of great clarity are lifted by tangy acidity. Fresh and fruit-driven, finishing long, with good bite and gentle tannins.
Importer's notes: "Pierre Jean Villa is a solid, well-built man, and maybe that's why he gravitates toward elegance in wine. He came from the Rhône Valley but learned to make wine in Burgundy, which may also explain his bent for finesse....Stylistically, his wines are, in the best sense, modern: clean, pure, deep, mineral and elegant. They emphasize depth of fruit without any heavy-handed oak or extractive treatment. Préface is the first red cuvée of the domaine, a rich wine with an excellent core of Syrah fruit, and sets the tone (hence its name). At roughly 1,000 cases, it's the largest production. This is made in a mixture of 225-liter and 600-liter barrels and if possible is bottled without fining or filtration." 13% abv.