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Asimov on St Joseph

Posted by outthere, Jul 16, 2013.

Nice read in the NYT yesterday.

Reclaiming the Earthy Grapes of St Joseph


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jul 16, 2013.

St. Joseph? It's not like anybody ever talks about those wines. Oh no.

Reply by JonDerry, Jul 16, 2013.

Noticed this also, too much love heaped on Gonon!

Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 16, 2013.

Where's that emoticon for "tongue in cheek" when you really need it?

Asimov talked about St. Joseph in Oct. 2011 He also rated the wines in '04 alongside C-H wines. April of this year, one of his colleagues did a long write-up of it.

'Bout time it got a little press from them.  Sure, he does about 40 columns a year, so it's going to get repeats.  I think he likes harsh, high-acid reds from underripe grapes, so there's definitely some St. Joseph that should please him.  (He likes the kinds of wines Rimmerman claims to--Asimov also admires Rimmerman.  Truth is that Rimmerman sells a lot of wine that is pretty New World/International in style while convincing many of his acolytes that they are appreciating "difficult" wine. Whatever.)

Funny thing is that I was just reminiscing about that amazing meal I ate a year ago in Paris with a revelatory S. Joseph.  Somewhere on here there's a picture, I think. 

Reply by duncan 906, Jul 16, 2013.

Interesting article

Reply by zufrieden, Jul 18, 2013.

Good wines for consumption prior to the maturation of the better Côte-Rôtie.  I have not actually bothered much with this appellation, but that does not mean the wines have little to recommend them; as stated earlier, there was a lot of press recently... leading to a vastly over-inflated price.  For me, only Côte-Rôtie can satisfy, so I tend to just look at the better Côtes du Rhône (villages or not) as a cheaper and often better alternative.

As for Asimov, I am not a follower... again this is not because I reject him but rather out of ignorance.  The name evokes my childhood as an aficiando of Science Fiction and therefore is difficult to take seriously... though I know this is entirely unfair...

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