2020 Domaine Bernard Gripa Saint-Joseph Parady
Domaine Bernard Gripa own sixteen hectares of vineyards, based primarily around Mauves in the heart of the Saint-Joseph appellation. While Bernard is still assisting at the winery, it is his son Fabrice that now directs the winemaking activities for the family. Fabrice and his team work the steep and challenging terrain of the vineyards, which unusually for the area are planted half to white grapes and half to red grapes. Much of the vineyard holdings are old vines averaging 65 years of age, with some vineyards over 80 years old. In addition to Saint-Joseph, the Gripa family also own 3.5 hectares of Marsanne and Roussanne in white-grape-only appellation of Saint-Péray.
Parady is sourced from a relatively new planting of Syrah (2001) from the 1.2 hectares plot of Paradis in Mauves. Like all the top wines from Domaine Bernard Gripa, the vines are planted solely on the granite soil terraces famous in the area.
Deep, dark purple. Powerful dark berry liqueur, candied violet, cracked pepper and licorice scents, along with hints of olive paste, espresso and smoky minerals. Offers deep, palate-staining boysenberry, cherry liqueur, floral pastille and fruitcake flavors that show superb depth and are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Opens up steadily with air and finishes wonderfully long and spicy, with reverberating minerality, mounting tannins and lingering smokiness. 25% whole clusters and 20% new oak. Drink 2028-2039.
Josh Raynolds - Vinous