Wonderful with fine meats, spicy stews, grills, game and any kind of cheese!
Jeb Dunnuck: 94 Points "The 2016 Saint Joseph François De Tournon comes from more schist and gneiss soils and spent 10-14 months in mostly used barrels, with a small part in tank to preserve more freshness. It's another ruby/purple-colored effort from this estate and gives up lots of blackberry and blueberry fruits intermixed with earthy minerality, ground pepper, and hints of damp earth. Rich, layered, and textured, it will be better in a year or two and keep for 8-10, if not longer."
Producer's Notes: The ancient vineyards of Saint-Joseph, planted almost exclusively with Syrah, cover more than 600 acres on the right bank of the Rhone river. The vineyard stretches from Chavanay in the north, to Guilherand in the south – it covers 23 “communes” in the Ardèche region, and three in the Loire. The grapes are planted in terraces on the rocky granite hillsides, where Delas selects only the best grapes for the Francois de Tournon. The Francois de Tournon is a blend of grapes from the terroirs of Vion, Saint-Jean de Muzols, Mauves and Tournon.
The color is a deep, dark ruby red with a garnet reflection. The nose is clearly marked by delicate aromas of cassis and spices. On the palate, “François de Tournon” cuvée shows a smooth and voluptuous texture that masks a good tannic structure, fine and silky. this wine has great potential for ageing.
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