2008 St. Jean Barroux "L'Argile" Côtes du Ventoux

SKU #1143863 92 points Rhone Report

 A rock solid '08 and a wine that will compete with the best of the vintage, the 2008 Saint Jean du Barroux Côtes du Ventoux l'Argile is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Carignan, and 5% Cinsault, fermented with close to one-third stem inclusion, that was aged all in concrete and tank. It exhibits an elegant, finesse driven style with small red berries, flowers, white pepper, and sappy garrigue-like characteristics flowing to a medium-bodied, seamless palate that has integrated acidity, very fine tannin, and loads of minerality on the finish. Approachable and ready to go, this will continue to shine for another 4-6 years or so.  (9/ 2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Mature now, leading off with incense and black tea notes, with a still-fleshy core of blackberry and black cherry fruit. Features a graphite edge on the finish. Drink now  (4/ 2013)

K&L Notes

15% abv.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15