Saint Joseph Offerus, J-L Chave 2010
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Deep, vivid ruby. High-pitched, mineral-accented aromas of cherry, black raspberry and fresh flowers. Offers an array of red and dark berry flavors that gain flesh and sweetness with air. Packs a serious punch but comes off as energetic, with no excess weight. Closes with resonating spiciness and sneaky, fine-grained tannins that fold smoothly into the sappy fruit. Jean-Louis noted that there is a bigger dose of Chave domain fruit than usual in this year's version of Offerus. Incidentally, I was also able to retaste the 2010 Cotes-du-Rhone Mon Coeur, which I reviewed last year, and it has gained definition and energy over the last year. As mentioned before, this is a wine that drinks way above its category and is a highly reliable bottling vintage in and vintage out.
|Score: 91||Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, March 2013|
The 2010 St.-Joseph Offerus (which comes from purchased fruit) displays copious notes of forest floor, black cherries and black currants, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, crisp minerality, a floral characteristic and light to moderate tannin in the finish. It should drink well for a decade or more.
|Score: 88/90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (198), December 2011|
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