The Northern Rhone

2016 Clusel Roch Saint Joseph

The Northern half of the Rhone river valley, stretching from just south of Lyon down to St Peray south of Hermitage, is the home of Syrah, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier. The relatively cooler continental climate coupled with the steep stony slopes of its noblest appellations offer a complexity and savoriness that is not found in any other Syrah based growing area in the world. Its white wines also offer unrivaled quality and singular character. Its most celebrated appellations: Cote Rotie, Hermitage, St Joseph, Condrieu, and Cornas.

Price: $33.00

The Saint Joseph project, from steep terraces in Malleval, continues its strong performance with this our first look at the 2016 Syrah wines. In similar fashion to other regions, the contrast between the power of 2015 and the finesse of 2016, both with very very high quality, will please N Rhone aficionados big time.....
"(made from fruit grown in Malleval): Opaque ruby. Spice-accented blackberry and blueberry on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Juicy and sharply focused, displaying very good focus and a hint of cracked pepper on the back half. The long finish features lingering smokiness and dusty, late-arriving tannins that add shape and grip." 90 points Josh Raynolds FOR THE 2014, NOT THE 2016 OFFERED HERE.

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The Saint Joseph project, from steep terraces in Malleval, continues its strong performance with this our first look at the 2016 Syrah wines. In similar fashion to other regions, the contrast between the power of 2015 and the finesse of 2016, both with very very high quality, will please N Rhone aficionados big time…..
“(made from fruit grown in Malleval): Opaque ruby. Spice-accented blackberry and blueberry on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Juicy and sharply focused, displaying very good focus and a hint of cracked pepper on the back half. The long finish features lingering smokiness and dusty, late-arriving tannins that add shape and grip.” 90 points Josh Raynolds FOR THE 2014, NOT THE 2016 OFFERED HERE.