Vivid purple. Assertive, mineral-accented aromas of black raspberry, cherry and violet pick up olive and mocha nuances with air. Juicy, focused and appealingly sweet, offering intense red/blue fruit preserve, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that become deeper and spicier as the wine opens up. The floral and mineral notes repeat strongly on an impressively long, energetic finish that features harmonious tannins and a touch of candied licorice.
Robert Parker 94
More floral and red fruited than the 2019, Gonon’s 2018 Saint Joseph is a medium to full-bodied effort that will please fans of this exemplary estate. Cherries and raspberries are joined by hints of violets and mint on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is starting to close down just a bit and show firm but ripe and silky tannins on the long, mouthwatering finish. Try to avoid opening a bottle for another few years, as the first flattering flush of youth is fast giving way to sullen adolescence.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2038
100% Syrah. Cask sample. Magical nose: blackberry, meat, blood, flint-sparks, rust. A real wine of the elements. Fragrant perfume on the palate, with medium body and high acid. Wonderful, ready and compelling. (RH)
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2038