Pierre Gonon 'Les Iles Feray - De L'Ardeche' Syrah Rhone, France 2018
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In 1988, Pierre Gonon handed his world renown vineyards on the slopes of Mauves to his sons, Jean and Pierre. The boys farm these vines in the heart of Saint-Joseph by hand, making wine the old school way fermenting in open oak vats, using stems and full on organic methods. Vineyards are planted to poor granite and gneiss soils with great drainage. Low yields bring dense wines that manage to show wild charm and raw elegance. F-ing yum.
The L'Ardeche is mostly destemmed Syrah . Aged for 10 months in large barrel and another year unfiltered in bottle. Tar, smoke, ripe fruit, bacon fat and herbs. Feels nice on a cold night with a warm beanie, good friends and cured meats.