E.Guigal Saint-Joseph 2012
Decanted for 2 hours.
Colour: Dark-purple core
Nose: Clean nose, medium+ intensity, smoked meat, red and dark fruits, sour cherry, leather, violet, touch of spice.
Palate: Dry, full bodied, medium acidity, full tannins, juicy currants, black cherries, stewed red fruits, pepper, savory meat.
Finish: Medium+ finish, more pepper, touch of earthy mushroom.
I have a soft spot for wines with smoky quality, this is a very standard Saint-Joseph expression, well balanced, flavour are nice and impactful, while retaining some of the elegance of Northern Rhone.
I think Rhone produce some of the best value wines in the world, usually very consistent in quality even at the lower price bracket.