Calmel & Joseph

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2020

It’s always a resounding ‘YES’ for JL Chave!!

That includes this luscious and concentrated Syrah from Saint-Joseph AOC in the Northern Rhône of France.

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave is a benchmark and icon of the Rhône Valley – a family-run operation since 1481 – with an entire range of deliciousness through the Domaine Jean-Louis Chave and JL Chave Selection portfolios.

This wine is deep ruby, trending on purple. It has pronounced aromas and flavors of boysenberry, blueberry, black cherry, cassis, pomegranate, also violet, bacon, sanguine, saddle leather, pipe tobacco, clove, cigar, damp earth, and black peppercorn. Alcohol is high (14.5% ABV) with medium (+) fine-grained and well-integrated tannins, medium (+) acidity, a medium (+) body, and a long, elegant finish.

It has a rustic and savory character with robust dark fruit notes; it’s layered, complex, structured, and age-worthy, benefitting from decanting. Still, it’s tasting wonderfully now.

Cheers to JL Chave and treasures of the Rhône!!
— 12 days ago

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Pierre Gonon

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2021

Delectable Wine

The 2021 Saint-Joseph used roughly 50% whole-clusters during fermentation. In comparison, 2022 saw 85% inclusion, while in 2017, no destemming was applied. Coming in at 12.5% alcohol, the deep purple-hued 2021 unfurls with pretty red fruits paired with leafy undertones and cedar. Orange blossom and rose petal add welcome floral lift. Light to medium in body, this is a delicate Gonon, neatly framed by velvety tannins and bright acidity. It should drink well right out of the gate. Tasted twice with consistent notes. (Nicolas Greinacher, Vinous, March 2024)
— 19 days ago

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Estate Grown Napa Valley Red Wine 2013

Don't have time to detail the complexity of this 1.5 L. A marvelous of the cellar 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 17 days ago

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Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2015

In a nice place at shade under 10 years. Popped and poured and was surprisingly ready to go, though 30 mins in the glass helped for sure. Nice mouthfeel and density. Tannins are there but very well integrated. Good dark berry fruit and some pepper on the long finish. Delicious with steak and a pork chop at The Grill. — 12 days ago

Lyle, Bob and 2 others liked this

Joseph Drouhin

Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay 2021

Nothing profound or particularly thoughtful here. Just an easy, simple, clean wine that asks very little of you in a great way. — 13 days ago

Jonathan, Scott@Mister and 3 others liked this

Joseph Carr

Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Very smooth. Served by Kathryn at the Secession house. — 7 days ago

Joseph Sabon

Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2021

2021 vintage. Great QPR. Fruit. Tannins. Balance. Current drinkability. Underpriced relative to comparable CDP’s. Checks off a lot of boxes. Grab you some. 4.3.24. — 13 days ago

Jan, Austin and 12 others liked this

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1998

David T

1998 not the best Napa Cabernet vintage. However, good producers still find their way through difficult vintages. Joseph Phelps is the rule rather than the exception.

This was poured out of magnum and drinking beautifully by their Hospitality Manger.

Nicely ripe, lush juicy fruits of blackberries, blackberries, both plums, some purple & blue fruits. Dash of spice & lead pencil, anise-black licorice, soft baking spices, caramel notes, some dark chocolate, fresh dark flowers, round acidity and a well balanced, softened structure & tension, elegant, nicely evolved finish that lasted a full minute.
— 9 days ago

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Joseph Drouhin

Clos des Mouches Beaune 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2009


Sweet cherries after an hour. — 16 days ago