The Domaine Aleofane Saint-Joseph 2019 is made by Natasha Chave, a last name you may recognize. She is indeed the daughter of famed Rhone wine maker Bernard Chave and broke away to establish Aleofane in 2004. She has between 6-7 hectares of vines in Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph, all farmed organically with biodynamic practices. Accordingly, a non-interventionist approach in the winery is de rigeur, with native yeasts used for fermentation and sulphur kept to a minimum. Lastly, her wines aren’t fined or filter before bottling. This Aleofane Saint-Joseph is so attractive and complex that it should (and will) fetch a far higher price in the future.

Tasting note: Never has “black pepper” ever been more of a literal wine note. This incredible Syrah from Saint-Joseph is a full bodied wine with a medium amount of nervy acidity and tannins that are fine and spicy. Flavors of strawberries, raspberries, and plums tangle with a shot gun blast of black pepper, fennel, thyme, spice drop and some smoky bbq. A powerful wine clocking in at 15% alcohol but with impeccable balance, on cats feet. A wonderful wine that provides the necessary lift one needs during the doldrums of a dismal February.

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