Red

2018 Domaine Barge Syrah St. Joseph Clos de la Ribaudy

Syrah

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • St. Joseph
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CT91.2 6 reviews
2018
Label borrowed from 2017
2017

Community Tasting Notes 6

  • Paul S wrote: 92 points

    October 9, 2021 - Dinner at Ivan and Michelle's (Duchess): Very good tonight, especially with an aged prime rib of beef thrown over the BBQ. I really liked the nose on this, with its little notes of violets and garrigue, maybe a bit of lavender, all floating over aromas of blueberry pie, plums, and cherry liquer, these speinkled with a little hint of spice. With time, some earth and meat tones came out as well. Lovely. The palate still had a lot of youthful verve, with bright acidity and a grip of really fine, slightly powdery tannins framing delicious flavours of dark cherries and blueberries, peppery spice and garrigue, again with just that little hint of violets at the edge. Right at the end, a little touch of earth and mineral, and then another delightful burst of peppery spice came out as well. Still years away from peak, but this was already drinking really nicely for something so youthful.

  • MattMauldin Likes this wine: 90 points

    July 30, 2021 - Bright, dark-purple color. Lively aromas of smoked currant and plum, violets, mesquite char, pink peppercorn, green tea and clove. Ripe, succulent black fruit flavors with nicely rounded savory depth - exotic spices, musk and iron. Elegant density, piquant acid, easy fleshy tannins and a nice youthful expression. Finishes with nice umami and fruit depth. Good early drinker.

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  • joraesque wrote: 89 points

    July 29, 2021 - Upon opening, it smelled corked—but it's got a plastic cork! It turns out it needed to breathe for about an hour; medium-full bodied, and the biggest St. Joseph I've had to date; marked by damp wood and bitter cherry liquor; the more oxidation it got, the more minerality it revealed, as well as some gunpowder on the finish. PH appears to be relatively high. Overall, I'd say this is a St. Joseph for the Robert Parker palate. 13.5% ABV.
    89-91
    Update: Not drinking so well 30 hours later.
    89

  • mimik Likes this wine:

    July 25, 2021 - Dark fruit nose with spicy plum notes and vivid black cherry and vanilla notes with cloves spices. Long finish with vibrant acidity for a hot year. Need 5+ years. Lovely drop of wine. 93+

  • Paul S wrote: 92 points

    July 20, 2021 - Rather painfully young, but this was really quite nice. The nose was certainly quite primary, with pure Syrah tones of blueberries and floral violets laced with little dashes of peppery spice and earthy garrigue. Such a lovely bouquet - a melange of flowery perfume with slightly savoury undertones. The palate was also very primary, but just as pleasant, with a lovely juicy seam of acidity and fine, firm tannins framing pure, crunchy flavours of blueberries and black cherries, again perfumed with a note of violets and a nice twist of lavender, garrigue and spice gliding into a surprisingly full, lengthy finish. A nicely complete St Joseph. Neither too light, nor too rustic, this was a well-built, nicely characterful expression. While it does not seem a wine that one would keep away and age for decades, this should get better over the next few years or so as it loses its baby fat and picks up even more complexity. A really nice pairing with Middle-Eastern food as well, especially a lovely beef rib dish (drank at home with Lionel and Rachel).

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  • By John Gilman
    Nov/Dec 2020, Issue #90, Recently-Tasted Rhône Wines Part Two December 2020, 11/1/2020

    (Saint-Joseph “Clos de la Ribaudy”- Domaine Julien Barge) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type Red
  • Producer Domaine Barge
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Clos de la Ribaudy
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Northern Rhône
  • Appellation St. Joseph
  • UPC Code 771234567897

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  • In Cellars 55 (95%)
  • Consumed 3 (5%)

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