As the 2018s roll out of the Northern Rhone, it would only be proper to offer the bar setter of St. Joseph. Gonon is out option the top producer for St. Joseph and is the measuring stick in any given vintage. 2018 is another valiant effort by Gonon, who has captured the balance of the vintage brilliantly. Great notes below for this excellent work by Gonon.
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 93-96 points! "Gonon's 2018 Saint Joseph is a tremendous effort that, according to Jean Gonon, was blended in March 2019 but won't be bottled until February 2020. Picked the second week of September, it weighs in at a balanced 13.7% alcohol, artfully combining aromatic nuances of black cherries, black tea, rose petals and licorice. It's medium to full-bodied, with ripe fleshiness surrounding a concealed spine of firm but ripe tannins—a structure to make it enjoyable relatively young yet capable of aging through 2035."
Vinous (Josh Raynolds) 93-94 points! "Vivid purple. Assertive, mineral-accented aromas of black raspberry, cherry and violet pick up olive and mocha nuances with air. Juicy, focused and appealingly sweet, offering intense red/blue fruit preserve, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that become deeper and spicier as the wine opens up. The floral and mineral notes repeat strongly on an impressively long, energetic finish that features harmonious tannins and a touch of candied licorice."