Top 10 wines in the US press

Domaine Monier St Joseph Terre Blanche 2012, Côte du Rhône, France

UntitledEric Asimov, writing for the New York Times, sampled a selection of wines from St Joseph, a northern Rhône appellation that he said can “capture and convey the elemental aromas, flavors and emotions” of wines from regions such as the Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage and Cornas, but with a “more open, easier-going manner.”

“That is to say, the top wines don’t require as much aging before they can be enjoyed, perhaps five to seven years rather than the eight to 12 for a Cornas or the 15 to 20 for a Hermitage or Côte-Rôtie”, said Asimov. “And they are not as expensive, though that, too, is a relative question.”

Asimov recommended 20 of the best wines from this region, describing this “classic” example from Domaine Monier as being “well structured, with earthy, spicy, floral aromas and peppery mineral flavors.”

“The Monier grapes come from the granite slopes above the town of St.-Désirat, a little north of the original St.-Joseph zone, yet very much a lovely, distinctive wine.”

Price: $49

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