2015 E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Rouge

SKU #1402723 93 points James Suckling

 This has some complex, smoked-meat aromas with an array of fragrant spices and peppery notes, as well as ripe, dark berries. The palate is powerful and yet elegant. This delivers a lot of dark-berry flavor in a fresh, sleek and powerful frame.  (7/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Inviting, with a core of warm raspberry, fig and blackberry compote flavors inlaid liberally with roasted apple wood and anise notes. Shows brambly grip through the finish. (JM)  (9/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Aged in second fill barrels, the 2015 Saint-Joseph is another huge success. Sourced from the southern end of this sprawling appellation, off granitic sites, it showcases aromas of crushed stones and discrete pencil shavings, which frame bright cherry notes. It's medium to full-bodied, poised and fresh, with lingering tart berry flavors on a long, stony finish. (JC)  (10/2018)

91 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Smoky, mineral-accented cherry and dark berry liqueur aromas are complicated by hints of cola and licorice. Supple and broad on the palate, offering nicely concentrated blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter as the wine stretches out. A subtle floral pastille note comes up on the broad, clinging finish, which shows very good clarity and rounded tannins. (JR)  (4/2018)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Moving to the more granite soils of Saint Joseph, the 2015 Saint Joseph is an impressive, outstanding wine that has medium-bodied depth and richness as well as terrific (and classic) notes of black raspberries, spice, bacon fat, and bouquet garni. It’s elegant, has beautiful purity of fruit and fine tannins, and will keep for a decade.  (12/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 More gently fragrant than their Crozes. Blackberry fruit. Tight, furry tannins. Grainy and dark – needs a few more years to come out of its shell. Bitter twang on the finish. 16+/20 points. (RH)  (3/2019)

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2019 | Send Email
The elegant, well-crafted wines of Guigal never fail to inspire and enthrall. Saint-Joseph's signature granite soils lend focus and tension to this classic Northern Rhone Syrah, revealing a harmonious mid-weight texture and suave aromatic profile, with savory notes of leather, dried cherry, raspberry, licorice and peppery spice. Tannins are well-integrated and supple, leading to a long, pure thoroughbred finish. A great value from a spectacular vintage.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/17/2019 | Send Email
The 2015s from Guigal are about as dependable and rewarding as they get, and the Saint-Joseph bottling is no exception. Bright aromas of red plum and tapenade lead to a fresh palate full of deep red fruits, and terrific texture, and fine tannins that lead to a clean finish. Although it will age wonderfully, there is a lot to appreciate at this early stage. Any fan of cool climate, refined Syrah should give this one a go.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/17/2019 | Send Email
Guigal just cranks out winner-after-winner and the 2015 Saint Joseph Rouge is no exception. This wine is absolutely seductive from the very sniff, lots of exotic spice and red and black fruit aromas. The palate is lively and dense with red cherries, licorice, crushed rock, bitter chocolate and a zippy finish. An outstanding value this wine drinks handsomely now and should give you pleasure over the next 5-10 years as well.
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2029

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- 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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- 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.