2017 Delas Freres Cotes-du-Ventoux

SKU #1405562 90 points James Suckling

 A bright, simple, quite tangy and light array of wild red fruit. Wild herbs, too. The palate arrives in a sleeve of fine, crunchy tannins. Bright, drink-now style.  (1/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Delas has done a good job with their Ventoux over the years, and the 2017 Ventoux is perhaps their best yet. It offers hints of concrete dust or crushed stone layered over subtle cherry aromas. The unoaked 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah is medium-bodied, with a velvety feel and dried spices and Bing cherries on the silky finish. At the suggested retail of $11, it's a screaming bargain. (JC)  (10/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and silky in feel, with pretty anise and tea hints inlaid into a core of gently steeped red currant and plum fruit. The fine-grained structure lets the finish linger prettily. Drink now through 2020. (JM)  (11/2018)


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By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/9/2019 | Send Email
I often look to the Rhone Valley for good value table wines with nice rustic charm. This wine delivers the goods. It has the bold aromatic profile classic to southern France--ripe fruit, countryside florals, and slightly dusty, chocolatey earthiness. Yet this wine is not as rustic as I anticipated. There's a certain elegance that I rarely expect in Rhone blends in this price range--or any wines at this price range for that matter. And yet, fans of big rich fruity wines may find something to like in this bottle as well. There's something to be said for great winemaking in a great vintage. Delas delivers again.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/8/2019 | Send Email
WOW! For $10 this may be my favorite red in the store. A concentrated, and powerful Ventoux wine that really shows that freshness can be big! 80/40 Grenache/Syrah, Delas gives us a red full of juicy spiciness that anyone could be proud to put on their dinner table. After I ride my bike to the top of Mont Ventoux, that is what I will be drinking, after my beer of course!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/8/2019 | Send Email
If you loved the screaming deal that was the 2016 Delas Cotes-du-Rhone "St. Esprit" then you owe to yourself to snatch up the 2017 Delas Cotes-du-Ventoux before it is gone. I actually think I prefer the 2017 Ventoux to the 2016 Cotes du Rhone, the 2017 Ventoux has a beautiful nose of spice, red fruits, bitter chocolate and wild herbs. The palate is alive with delicious red and black fruits, dark chocolate, marzipan and spice flavors. The finish is surprisingly long and lingers effortlessly on the palate. This is a stunning wine for under $10 and needs to be tasted to be believed.
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2022

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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.
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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.