2016 Delas Freres "Saint-Esprit" Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1336596 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache. Lovely rich opulent and floral, black berry and plum nose, the palate is big with well layered fruit, attractively firm but soft tannin and hints of oak, a big wine with a lovely finish. *Gold Medal Winner Decanter Asia Wine Awards* Inner quote mark (7/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Saint-Esprit is a screaming value. If offers bold black cherry and blueberry fruit aromas, lively fruit flavors, silky tannins and a crisp, lengthy mocha-tinged finish. Drink this fun, bouncy little wine over the next couple of years. (JC) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a bit muted on the nose, suggesting slightly baked rather than fresh black fruit. It's full bodied and richly concentrated, balancing forward black cherry and berry notes with fresh acidity and finely edged, persistent tannins. Hints of dried herbs lend elegance to the moderately long finish. *Best Buy* (AI) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
Riding the rambunctious Rhone region as I do, over the past few months I've had several customers politely inquire, "Do you have any Delas Esprit?" Well, up until a few days ago the answer was sadly "No, nada, negativo." But the New Year brings wondrous surprises, and the 2016 vintage has just landed, promising a fresh abundance of black cherry and red plum fruits, suave spice, rich licorice and floral notes, with a crisp, impressively mouthwatering finish. A promise... one bottle will lead to many more, so please, don't be shy, this is a simply brilliant everyday Rhone!
Top Value!

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
If you haven't had a 2016 from the Rhône yet, this is the perfect place to start. Priced right and delicious from beginning to end, this is a go-to red if there ever was one. Offering up lush, expressive red and black fruit, a solid backbone of acidity, and engaging notes of mocha, espresso, and a suggestion of tobacco, it's hard to believe it can be had under the $10 mark. For those who love easy-going, soft, and plush reds with a velvety delivery, the "St-Esprit" is right on the money. Go ahead and buy a case, as this is a 2016 to return to again and again.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
A classic nose full of spice and bits of earth but shows real character. On the palate the wine's freshness is ever present in its crisp acidity, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have weight this wine is sensational at the price point and has more facets than luster, more flavors than just being soft. This is a real bargain!
Drink from 2018 to 2020

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
If the incredible quality of the 2016 Delas Freres "St. Esprit" Cotes du Rhone is indicative of what you can expect from Southern Rhone in 2016-Hold onto your hats!! For under $10 I do not think there is a better value at K&L currently. This is a beautiful red wine with gorgeous aromas of red fruits, spice and mineral notes. On the palate there is a cool rush of red berry, mocha, chocolate nuances and a hit of earth. The acidity is present s well as firm tannins and admirable structure. A great value this wine is destined to be your new everyday house red.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2022

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