2012 St Joseph, L'Amarybelle, Domaine Yves Cuilleron

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Twenty percent of stems were added to the vat this year, its fruits matured for 16 months in new and one-year old barrel. The wine has classic St Joseph freshness, with a kiss of black pepper on the finish and nicely ripe tannins underlining accessibility in the medium term. Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer Yves Cuilleron compares 2012 to 2011; for him the vintage has more concentration and power than its immediate forebear. His house philosophy, whether by accident or design, mirrors the current fashions for later harvests and the addition of a varying degree of stems. Both engender structu