TN: 2009 Yves Cuilleron - St. Joseph "L'Amarybelle" (France, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

NOSE: quite expressive, this showed different elements over the four hours I tasted it; more savory and spicy than fruity, with a peat smoke/stemmy/peppery/spicy/oaky mélange dominating; hints of spiced deli meat (pepperoni and pastrami) made appearances, as well, with dark fruits quietly lurking the background.

BODY: dark magenta-ink purple color of medium-deep to deep depth; medium-full bodied.

TASTE: ripe, with decent-to-good acidity; fine-grained tannins; spicy; oaky; blackberry and loganberry fruits; background hint of game; yeast/bread/garrigue mixture on the finish, which was long and of medium-strong intensity; a bit ripe/plush for a St. Joseph; palate was full, albeit a bit weak on the rear. Overall, a nice wine, but somewhat lacking in regional typicity.

B: 50, 5, 13, 16, 7 = (91 pts.)

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Even the 2008 vintage of the same seemed to be lacking classic St. Joseph character when I tasted it last year, so perhaps that’s par for the course with this bottling?