The Saint Esprit Cotes du Rhone from 2007 was special; it was my favorite CDR from that heralded vintage. The 2009 is not so exciting, at least at this stage of its development.
Medium deep ruby. Smells and tastes of ripe fruit--blueberries with nuances. Very pretty and pure but not very intense. Friendly, laid back composure compared to 2007 and very little of the pepperiness that usually comes with both Grenache and Syrah from the Southern Rhone. This wine is a 70/30 Syrah-dominated blend, I believe, but its personality is closer to that of Grenache. Ready to drink, for sure.