2014 St-Joseph Vieilles Vignes Lionel Faury makes this wine from about two acres of syrah, the oldest vines dating to 1937, the youngest to 1976. He vinifies it like he does his other St-Joseph, destemming about three-quarters of the fruit, leaving it to ferment in temperature-controlled vats for 15 to 20 days, then resting it for a year in a mix of large and small oak barrels, mostly old. It smells awesome, floral and spicy, with a freshness that's invigorating; it tastes just as good, the sun-kissed ripeness of the black fruit melding with cold, hard mineral tones into a seamless expanse of dark flavor. For all its density, it feels agile and energetic, a youthful St-Joseph to enjoy now or cellar another five or ten years. —Tara Q. Thomas
This wine was featured in our February 2017 monthly newsletter.
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