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Domaine des Miquettes St. Joseph Rouge 2013
Domaine des Miquettes Syrah from Saint Joseph
 
: $34.00
abv 12%

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ABOUT: A quick word about St. Joseph, the region in the Northern Rhone of France where Miquettes wines are made. Wines from St. Joseph had little traction fifteen years ago, but currently, 2017 now, some of the very best wines from the north are creeping out of the granite hillsides (Monier, Yves Cuilleron, Faury). Syrah is the red wine grape, and the region is broken into a northern section and southern section. Each section has slightly different microclimates, but what differentiates the wines are the individual approaches, namely to tannins. Some make softer wines more approachable in youth while others are a bit tougher in youth and designed for longer ageing...meaning thirty years versus ten years. Miquettes falls into the softer category, though relatively, as there is more tannin in these wines than in most new world Syrahs.

Paul Esteve and Chrystelle Vareille got this plot of five hectares going in 2003, all biodynamic, employing natural yeasts and demi-muids for maturation. Hard-working steep granite hillsides is the deal, rough work but the wines just sing, and also contribute to the improved reputation of St. Joseph.

TASTE: My tasting note is filled with common descriptors for the very best Syrah. Berry fruit flavors smoldering in smoke and black pepper, expansive, finely dusty tannins that give the wine lift and grip, not to mention ageing potential. And not overly concentrated, though my teeth were horribly stained after two ounces. Long finish and high complexity, and will develop for the next ten years, easily.

PAIR: Stuffed mushrooms, French onion soup, enchiladas, pizza, blue cheese and Cotswold.