E. Guigal Saint Joseph 2011
Wine SpectatorFeatures racy cut, with bergamot, pomegranate, damson plum and red currant fruit allied to white pepper and juniper notes that help stretch out the finish. The chalky spine is well-embedded, letting the fruit and spice accents shine. Drink now through 2020. 8,000 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastThis blend of 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne offers modest pineapple and melon aromas and flavors. Yet it's a mouthfilling wine with ample weight and a long finish that would ably partner poultry or rich seafood dishes.
Wine AdvocateThe 2011 Saint-Joseph, which comes all from the southern part of the appellation, is 100% Syrah that's aged all in 2-year-old barrels. Classy all around, with notions of smoked blackberries, hung game, pepper and chocolate, it is complex and nuanced with a seamless, beautifully textured profile on the palate. Most likely an outstanding effort, it has loads of Northern Rhone character and should have a decade of longevity.