2017 Pierre Gonon Vin de Pays de l'Ardeche Les Iles Feray #150444872
Based on 30 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 90 points Wine Advocate "...mixes herbal overtones with blueberries and olives. It's medium to full-bodied, maybe not quite as fleshy or silky as the 2018 but vibrant and delicious. It even adds hints of licorice on the mouthwatering finish. (JC)" 92 points Vinous "Saturated ruby. Expressive blackberry, exotic spice, peony and smoky mineral scents show very sharp delineation and pick up a hint of olive with air. Sappy, spice-laced dark berry and bitter cherry flavors display very good depth and a complementary hint of candied flowers that emerges on the back half. Broad and pliant in style, finishing with strong, floral- and spice-dominated persistence and rounded tannins that contribute gentle grip. (JR)"
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The Gonon brothers employ manual techniques such as crushing the grapes by foot and include stems during fermentation, adding to the unique character of the wines. These traditional methods, combined with their organic farming practices, result in wines with classic aromatics of black olive, violets, and game, as well as a freshness and delicacy that is representative of the region.
Jeb Dunnuck has praised Gonon as "unquestionably one of the leading derivatives in St Joseph" and notes that the estate is "run with incredible talent and passion" by the Gonon brothers. Their unique approach, combined with the exceptional terroir of the Saint Joseph region, makes Pierre Gonon's wines highly sought after by wine enthusiasts. I highly recommend trying a bottle of Pierre Gonon's Syrah, a true reflection of the Gonon brothers' passion and dedication to the art of winemaking.