Notes of violets, incense, crushed rocks and exotic spices all emerge from the glass and is full-bodied, concentrated and structured, with ripe, yet present tannin. It's a killer St Joseph from one of the top terroirs in the appellation.
Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Wild blackberry, pepper and liquorice. Powerful but fine tannins, with notes of Sichuan pepper."
92/100 Wine Enthusiast, January 2021 (2017 Vintage)
"Sourced from high-altitude granite vineyards in full sun, this is an intensely ripe, almost jammy expression of Saint-Joseph. Accented by whispers of cacao, cinnamon and anise, it's a glossy, black-cherried sip framed by fine, chalky tannins and a kick of cassis acidity. A bold but elegant wine best enjoyed through 2027."
drinkrhone.com (2017 Vintage)
"The nose has a cool tenor, rests on smoky, bacon fat, floral-infused blue fruit, suggests its origins are granite, does that accurately. The palate links well, comes with appealing black berry fruits, backed by fine powder tannins ending in a neat register, a little tar and oak there. This is shapely, well made, terroir St Jo. There’s a hint of reduction, so decant it. Its serenity, precision and its plumpness are most attractive."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
92/100 Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, December 2016 (2015 Vintage)
"There are two St Joseph releases, both of which are beautiful wines. From a terrific, cool, granite terroir just outside of Tournon, the 2015 Saint Joseph Sainte Epine was completely destemmed and aged in second and third-fill barrels. Notes of violets, incense, crushed rocks and exotic spices all emerge from the glass and this early-bottled 2015 is full-bodied, concentrated and structured, with ripe, yet present tannin. It's a killer St Joseph from one of the top terroirs in the appellation."