2011 Saint Joseph "Mairlant"Rhone Valley France
Domaine Francois Villard is situated in the absurdly steep hillsides of the Northern Rhone Valley in terraces created by the Romans,so steep that harvesting grapes by hand is the only option open to winemakers. The soil is composed of small gravel and decomposed schist over a bedrock of granite that provides excellent water drainage. Formerly a chef, Francois brings his complex palette to the winery to produce wines of power and grace that can age for years. Robert Parker has referred to Francois as one of the "stars" of the Northern Rhone.
This medium to full-bodied Syrah shows lots of white pepper, bay leaf and olive notes with a core of damson plum and black cherry fruit leading to a chalky finish. This wine should age well through 2021. 12.7% ABV PYW