2010 Delas Freres "Francois de Tournon" St. Joseph
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blockbuster effort that performed significantly better than it did last year when it was exhibiting some reduction is the 2010 St.-Joseph Francois de Tournon. This wine, which was so tight and difficult to evaluate last year, is brilliant. A dense purple color is followed by notes of graphite, pen ink, blackberries and blueberries, and hints of raspberries, smoke and subtle oak. This full-bodied, classic, monumental St.-Joseph was aged completely in small barrels. The good news is that 1,500 cases are just hitting the market. My instincts suggest 1-2 years of bottle age will be beneficial, and it is capable of lasting 15 or more years. Don't miss it! (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. Dark berry preserves, floral pastilles and and exotic pit fruit quality on the highly fragrant nose and in the mouth. Powerful, palate-staining black and blue fruit flavors are lifted by juicy acidity and pick up a smoky nuance with air. Shows excellent energy and focus on the finish, with dusty mineral and spice notes lingering.
Offers a mouthfilling, velvety feel, with plum compote, hoisin sauce, and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors, supported by a smoldering charcoal spine. Presents lots of bass, but a floral note adds a hint of treble on the finish. (Web Only--2013)