100% Syrah
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After wine studies in Beaune, winemaker Sylvain Gauthier decided to explore native Rhône grapes first with Michel Chapoutier and then with Stéphane Robert, before he was ready to start his own project in the true center of the Saint-Joseph appellation. He founded his micro-domaine in the village of Cheminas in 2007, the name “pierres séches” inspired by the hand-built, ancient stone walls that support vineyard terraces on the steep slopes of the northern Rhône. Farming organically and using little sulfur at bottling, Sylvain’s wines are vibrantly flavored and energetically spiced—in sum, serious northern wines that have quickly become a musthave from an up-and-coming talent.

93pts Jeb Dunnuck: Leading off the reds and inky colored, the 2016 Saint-Joseph has stunning notes of black olives, iodine, game, and assorted blacker fruits. It's rich, medium to fullbodied, beautifully concentrated, and balanced, with tons of class. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years, although it will keep even longer.