2007 Vincent Paris Saint-Joseph (Previously $24.99)

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According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Fresh blackberry and boysenberry aromas are complemented by dried flowers and baking spices. Sweet dark berry preserve flavors show good concentration, with a gentle note of anise on the back end. Easygoing, sweet and nicely focused, finishing virtually tannin-free but with good lift." (Jan/Feb 09) Vincent Paris' 2007 St-Joseph is the most high-toned and pretty wine of the bunch. Blackberry and violet notes are complemented by just a whiff of mineral and bittersweet chocolate. Fine tannins and bright acidity make this St-Joseph an excellent choice to pair with game bird (think roast quail) or saddle of rabbit.

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By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/12/2009  | Send Email
A tremendous steal for $25! My tastebuds sang and danced when I took my first sip...dark chocolate and black peppercorns up front, followed by a rich concentrated mid-palate screaming with blue and black fruit and a velvety smooth finish. I love this Syrah because it exudes a bright vibrant quality but is still sultry and dark! It is drinking beautifully now and will evolve over the next 10 to 15 years as well.

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/3/2009  | Send Email
A great example of Saint Joseph. Beautiful inky color. Very exciting nose of sweet espresso beans, white pepper and Asian spices. Also, blood oranges, cassis and blueberry. All that fruit however, is framed by an almost savory meaty component and mineraly hot asphalt. I had it cool, as with all red wines that I drink, cellar temperature indeed. And I am a firm believer that's how one should drink red wine. For the pairings I would suggest: All sorts of grilled meats (NOT charded) or roasted vegetables, red meat stews or casseroles, lamb shoulder, grouse.

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/7/2009  | Send Email
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This is one lovely Syrah! Smooth as silk with black fruits, particularly boysenberry, on the nose.Pretty notes of dried roses, as well. Black fruit also abounds on the palate with a good dose of anise and a supple, sweet body that is nearly tannin free. However, make no mistake, this is NOT an overripe, raisiny monster. The perfect wine for roasted meats, barbecue, pork and fowl. Perfect enough for just about any meal!
Top Value!

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/20/2009  | Send Email
A perfumy nose with meaty aromas and black fruit as well, with that classic smoky, jerk-saucy, St. Joseph palate of full-bodied, textured, and tannic fruit. This is quality Northern Rhone wine from a great producer for relatively cheap. Enjoy with ribs at a summer BBQ.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/7/2009  | Send Email
The 2007 vintage was not as hot in the Northern Rhone as it was in the South, and for my freshness loving palate, I think they are all the better for it. The Paris St-Joseph has that special Syrah purple color and a classic nose of high-toned white pepper and violets. In the mouth it is pure Northern Rhone - no one will mistake this for California or Australia! It is bone dry, red fruit driven and has plenty of tannin for a leg of lamb dinner. The flavors are concentrated, but it is not at all overweight - delicious and ageable!
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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.