2018 Pierre Gonon Les Iles Feray Syrah
The 2018 VdP de l'Ardeche Les Iles Feray Syrah comes mostly from the base of the slopes that form Saint-Joseph, but it also includes some young vines from within that appellation's boundaries. Yields are a bit higher, and a portion was destemmed. It's still remarkable, featuring mixed berries and olives in a medium to full-bodied swirl of mind-bending complexity that just misses the extra intensity, structure and length of the Saint Josephs at this address. Drink 2019 - 2025.
Joe Czerwinski - Wine Advocate (Feb 2020)
Saturated ruby. Powerful aromas of blackberry, cherry compote, succulent flowers, olive and exotic spices pick up a hint of smoky bacon with air. Smooth and expansive in the mouth, offering intense, spice- and mineral-accented black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavors and a spicy touch of cracked pepper. Finishes on a resonating floral note, with impressive energy, harmonious tannins and lingering florality. Drink 2023 - 2031.
Josh Raynolds - Vinous