The St-Joseph Rouge comes from various vineyard parcels across the Courbis domaine. The soils are a combination of only limestone and granite. The various parcels are blended to attain St Joseph wines that ready for near term drinking upon release. The St-Joseph Rouge is vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with 15 days of vatting. It is aged in a combination of 20% tanks and 80% barrels. The casks are 15% new and the balance 2-3 years old. After 10 months, the barrel aged wine is assembled back in tank for a few more months before bottling. The wine has generous, accessible, pure fruit and shows the full character of its appellation in the attractive Courbis house style.
Wine SpectatorDark yet defined, with engaging boysenberry, bitter plum and blackberry fruit coursing along, studded with charcoal, fruitcake and singed apple wood notes. The charcoal edge lingers pleasantly. Drink now through 2017. 4,440 cases made.