2006 Delas "Ste-Epine" St-Joseph (Previously $50)
94 points Robert Parker: "The flagship offering from St.-Joseph, and one of the three greatest wines of the appellation, is Delas' 2006 St.-Joseph Ste.-Epine. A more long-term effort (2-3 years of cellaring is recommended) with additional tannin, structure, concentration, and depth, it is a wine of great nobility and terroir. The 2006 exhibits plenty of earthy blackberry and sweet black currant fruit along with hints of graphite, licorice, smoked meats, and powdered rocks. It should evolve for 15+ years." (04/09) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Explosively perfumed, rather Burgundian scents of red and dark berries, cherry, potpourri and smoky minerals. Fresh, sappy black raspberry and candied cherry flavors stain the palate, with a kick of Asian spices adding energy. Finishes clean and brisk, with fine-grained tannins and echoing red fruit and spice qualities. This is showing more elegance than last year." (Jan/Feb 2009) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, with a slightly sauvage hint up front, along with a range of dark currant, iron, violet and tar notes. Has a grippy finish, thanks to a healthy but integrated dose of bittersweet cocoa. Just needs to settle in. Best from 2009 through 2011." (10/08) 13% abv.