Powerful and Structured Red
Pierre Jean Villa
Cotes du Rhone AOC
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Villa Saint – Joseph Preface – Syrach – 2016
This is the first red Cuvee of the domain, a wine with a terrific core of Syrah fruit, and it sets the tone (hence its name).
At roughly 12,000 bottles, it’s the largest production. This is made in a mixture of 225-liter and 600-liter barrels, all older, and the leverage goes for 12-13 months (which will probably increase in the years ahead). The vineyard parcels total two hectares, or five acres, and normally as much as 30% of the grapes–especially those from the old vines of serine–are fermented with stems.
Nose: fruit with notes of pepper and mineral reflecting the schist and granite soils, well-integrated oak, smooth and fresh.
Mouth: rounded palate with delicate tannins.
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