2017 Guy Farge "Vania" Saint-Joseph Blanc

SKU #1424127 90 points Decanter

 Lovely aromas of cream and stone fruit. An easy-going and gentle style which speaks of the appellation with a ripe mango taste and moderate finish. (2019 DWWA)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne, the 2017 Saint Joseph Vania Blanc is light gold-colored and has an attractive bouquet of spiced citrus, peach blossom, sappy herbs, and honeyed minerality. Medium-bodied and lively on the palate, it's balanced and has plenty to love.  (12/2019)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An 80-20 blend of Marsanne and Roussanne, the 2017 Saint Joseph Blanc Vania is only medium-bodied and comes across as a bit tight and lean relative to many of its peers. Lemon curd and herbal notes appear on the nose and palate, only opening up on the finish to deliver a burst of honeyed pear. (JC)  (12/2018)

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- If you've ever enjoyed the white wines of France's Rhône Valley, then you've probably inhaled the intoxicating honeysuckle and almond perfume of Marsanne. Most often blended with Roussanne and, increasingly, Viognier, Marsanne adds body and perfume to the wines of St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Péray. It also planted in small amounts in Australia and the United States, where California's Rhône Rangers have embraced it. Aliases include Ermitage, Hermitage Blanc, Marsana and Grosse Roussette.


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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5