This is still my favorite Cotes du Rhone from the highly touted 2007 vintage. Contrary to Robert Parker's pronouncement, I do not consider 2007 to be the best Southern Rhone vintage of my lifetime, nor even of the past three years. But this simple CDR is plenty good enough.
Made from a blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache, the wine has a deep ruby color. Smells are typical of what you might expect from a Northern rather than Southern Rhone Syrah--dark plums, pepper, lavender and cassis. Very ripe and enticing. On the palate, it's medium bodied and ripe from front to back. Pepper and spice and everything nice. The wine has opened up considerably since my last bottle several months ago, but there is still plenty of tannin and flavor interest to carry it for several more years.
The 2009 vintage of Saint Esprit is on the shelf of my local D&W Market right now. And it's on my buy list.