St. Joseph "Tour Joviac," Becheras-Le Prieuré d'Arras
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St. Joseph "Tour Joviac," Becheras-Le Prieuré d'Arras - 2019

Item # 28155 750mL

What a vigorous Syrah. Produced from two parcels of rocky hillside in the small commune of Arras, this wine displays solid concentration and mineraled refinement. Clean, with a plummy, pink peppercorn streak across a taut structure, this wine has youthful and emphatic tannins. Best for lamb, braised poultry, and filling ragôuts. Étienne Becheras is a bold viticulteur, unafraid of risk-taking. He extends his élévage longer than most in St. Joseph, leading to a very serious wine.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

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What an amazing value for incredible Northern Rhône Syrah! Get your lamb shanks braising and kick your feet up with a spectacularly complex wine that will continue to improve over the course of your evening. This wine is rich without being overpowering, and bold without being in your face. Expect dark fruit notes, mineral notes of pencil lead, and some lovely dried herbs. There is a decent amount of oak here, which will allow this wine to age for a few more years if you so desire, however given some decanting time it open up beautifully. Serve this with lamb shanks atop a mountain of polenta made with peccorino and you have the essence of decadence.

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Prestige in the north, value in the south: that’s the quick version of the Rhône story. Southern village appellations produce a dizzying stylistic range of delicious wines, while the prices for northern “trophy” bottles can be dizzyingly high. If you like smoky, leathery, earthy, macho red wines, however, the wines of the northern Rhône are well worth it. Prestigious northern Rhône appellations include Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, and St.-Joseph. In the southern Rhône, look to the village...

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