2016 Guigal Saint-Joseph, Rhone Valley
"The impact and influence of the Guigal family across the Rhône Valley, France, and all the world of fine wine is so immense, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that it’s all happened so quickly. In a country with such a rich and deep wine history, the Guigal family’s story is only in its third generation. The more you learn about the family, the more astounding becomes their story. Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhone appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably the most lauded producer in the world. Year after year the Guigal family produces wines of exceptional quality that in all classes offer exceptional value.
Saint-Joseph today is one of the most exciting appellations in the Rhône Valley, and dare we say all of France. The work by leading producers such as Guigal, energy from young growers, and recognition (really, re-discovery) of sites capable of making wines of extraordinary depth and complexity; of the same family as its famous neighbor in Hermitage, but with a distinct suppleness and elegance." -- Vintus, Importer
“Opaque ruby. Spice-accented black/blue fruits, violet, olive and smoky minerals on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering lively boysenberry, bitter cherry and cracked pepper flavors that become sweeter on the back half. 92 pts." -- Vinous