Saturday, October 15, 2011

Delas Saint Esprit Cotes du Rhone, 2007

This wine still ranks high on my list of favored 2007 Southern Rhones. It's very dark when poured; Syrah comprises 75% of the blend. Pepper and spice and everything nice. Bold peppery Syrah smells and flavors. Black fruit and more gushing from the glass but sprinkled with a hearty dose of freshly ground peppercorn. Also black plums, violets, lavender and cassis. Hard to resist. The wine has a strong tannic presence but there is nothing to keep you from coming back for sip after sip. The fruit tannins are very ripe, accessible and oh so flavorful. Pepper on the tip of the tongue; lush, peppery fruit in the middle; and a slightly warm peppery finish. Some tobacco/herb Grenache pepper but mostly the crushed peppercorn of ripe Syrah.

Cost Plus World Market now has the the 2009 Saint Esprit on sale for $9.99, but the wonderful 2007 is still on the shelves for a few dollars more. I have bought both in ample quantities.

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