2006 Delas "Ste-Epine" St-Joseph (Previously $50)

SKU #1054789

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.

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Price: $39.99

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13