2016 Domaine Coursodon "Le Paradis St-Pierre" St-Joseph (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1345003 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There will be just over 200 cases of the 2016 Saint Joseph le Paradis Saint Pierre, made from the estate’s oldest vines. Approximately half whole-cluster, there is an herbal note to the aromas, but it blends well with the lush purple fruit (think plums, purple raspberries and blueberries). This full-bodied wine is lush on the mid-palate but firms up on the finish, suggesting short-term cellaring. Young Jerôme Coursodon now farms 16 hectares in St-Joseph, centered around Mauves, just outside Tournon. He considers the 2016s more approachable than the dense 2015s, noting that it was an excellent vintage for whites, which are growing in popularity. (JC)  (12/2017)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The top cuvée is the 2016 Saint Joseph Le Paradis Saint Pierre, a ripe, almost sweet, unctuous barrel sample that possesses loads of minerality, layers of blackberry and black cherry fruit, a stacked mid-palate and ripe tannin. This full-bodied beauty is going to be better with short-term cellaring and keep for a decade. There's a sweetness of fruit here that's not going to appeal to classic northern Rhône lovers. I continue to love the wines from the young Jerome Coursodon, who pulls from roughly 16 hectares of vines all in the southern part of Saint Joseph, mostly just outside the village of Mauves. The 2015s are monster, blockbuster styled efforts that I suspect won’t appeal to the traditionalists out there, but are singular wines. The 2016s are more elegant and finesse-driven, yet still pack in more sweet fruit than just about everyone else out there.  (1/2018)

93 points Decanter

 From a high altitude granite parcel, 80% destemmed. There's good depth of juniper and blackberry, not overburdened by oak, with plenty of scrubby herbs in the background. Full-bodied, full of fruit and ripe tannin, struck through with high levels of juicy acidity. You can't help but be impressed by its boldness and intensity. Drinking Window 2020-2027. (MW)  (10/2017)

93 points Vinous

 (made with 50% whole clusters and 10% new oak) Lurid violet color. Displays powerful aromas of dark berry and cherry liqueur, Indian spices, and incense, with a smoky nuance that builds as the wine opens up. Fleshy and broad on the palate but surprisingly lithe, offering intense black raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a hint of candied flowers. Finishes seamless and impressively long, with an echo of florality and supple tannins that add shape and subtle grip. (JR)  (4/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Tight and fibrous palate with plenty of tannin, acid and body. Good flavour intensity too – plum, bramble fruit and milk chocolate. Under restraints at present but should flourish within a few years. (RH)  (10/2017)

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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.
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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.