Etienne Becheras 2014 Saint-Joseph AOC
Item Number: 11646
Sub Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Saint-Joseph AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Schists and shallow decomposing granites, light, permeable and hot
Case Production: 660
Winemaking Notes: The vineyards of Syrah sit on soil composed of schist and granite with a very thin topsoil that provides excellent drainage. After manual harvest from vines that range from 8-65 years old, the grapes are left to cold soak for three or so days. Once destemmed and crushed, the fermentation proceeds for approximately 18 22 days in coated concrete tanks. Only indigenous yeast are used. The wine matures for 18-24 months in oak barrels before the wine is bottled without fining or filtration. A minimal amount of sulfites are added at bottling. Normal production is on the order of 8,000 bottles per year.
Tasting Notes: The extended elevage contributes a deep concentration of flavor to this nuanced wine. It sports a mineral streak and a bright plummy, peppercorn savoriness with a firm framework of acid and tannins. This is a great match for hearty, rustic fare such as stews and braises.
Food Pairing: Try Lamb Stew with Herbs de Provence
About St-Joseph: St-Joseph is one of the Syrah strongholds of Northern Rhone (though it may include up to 10% Marsanne or Roussanne in the AOC blend). This large region is made up of more than 2,400 acres of vines and hugs the west bank of the Rhone River in a narrow band. Much of the wine is grown from old, terraced vineyards around the town of Tournon, just across the river from Hermitage. Thanks to east-facing vineyards that provide less sun and the influence of cool winds, the style of wine can vary from light and friendly to brooding and serious.
Featured in The New York Times' article " St.-Joseph: The Next Best Wine in the Northern Rhône "