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2012 Delas Freres "Sainte-Épine" Saint-Joseph

SKU #1219370 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blockbuster Saint Joseph that’s up there with the crème de la crème of the appellation, the 2012 Saint Joseph Sainte Epine offers awesome notes of crème de cassis, toasted spice, licorice and vanilla bean. Slightly modern styled, (it was aged in 40% new and 60% 2- to 3-year-old barrels), with full-bodied richness and a decadent, layered style, it stays firmly planted in the Northern Rhone with a granite-influenced minerality, beautiful purity and building tannin. This beauty will have two decades of longevity. (JD) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Delivers a core of blueberry compote, plum sauce and melted black licorice notes that have yet to resolve fully. Ample ganache and graphite elements hold the finish down for now. This should meld and stretch out with mid-term cellaring. An impressive effort from winemaker Jacques Grange. (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright violet color. Ripe cherry and dark berries on the deeply scented, spice-tinged nose. A sexy floral pastille note adds complexity to gently sweet, slowly unfolding blackberry and boysenberry flavors. Quite approachable, with no rough edges and very good depth. This supple, open-knit wine finishes with emphatic thrust, silky tannins and resonating spiciness. (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 30% new oak. The first vintage this vineyard was worked organically. Sweet fruit with flattering, scented oak. This certainly gets the best from the appellation – juicy and fragrant, and firmly structured. 17.5/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2014)

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