Wine Advocate 92-94 points!
Vincent Paris Saint-Joseph Les Cotes is a beautiful red wine gem from vineyards in the village of Ardoix, about 30 km north of Cornas, in the central part of this northern Rhone appellation. Vincent Paris, whose first vintage was 1997, is as shy as his wines are bold. In his early 30's, he has retro sideburns, but not much else in the Cornas appellation's new star is "retro". Vincent's uncle is Robert Michel, one of Cornas' finest growers. He made his two first wines with his uncle then, seeking autonomy, rented facilities for the vinification of his most recent wines. He is in the process of building his own winemaking facilities with a courtyard that holds his apricot plantation. He prunes to only four bunches of grapes per vine (the norm is between five and seven) which concentrates the vines' growing power and cuts down on the need for green harvests. His St Joseph red is made from 10-and 20-year-old vines and is vinified half in used barrel and half in tank, aged in oak barrels for up to 12 months. 100% Syrah, practicing organic.
"Don't overlook Paris's outstanding 2017 Saint Joseph Les Cotes. It combines blueberries, espresso and pepper in a medium to full-bodied format that's supported by silky, fine-grained tannins and plenty of length. Like previous vintages, it's approachable young, but it should have the stuffing to age up to a decade. Drink 2018-2028."-Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 92-94 points!
Enjoy Vincent Paris Saint-Joseph Les Cotes over the next 10-12 years with pulled pork, baby back ribs, lamb stew and smoked Gouda.