Delas Saint Esprit 2007 Cotes du Rhone

This French diamond in the rough red wine is comprised of 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache and upon first pour into your glass you’ll find a deep burgundy color that is slightly opaque at the very rim. Although a young wine you would think this is a well preserved vintage wine.

On the nose I experienced blackberries, red currant, and black currant aromas. On the forward palate red fruit and pepper caress your taste buds with ripe strawberries and raspberries with hints of mulberry and fig finding their way to the mid palate. On the finish a slight chocolaty flavor much like a single chocolate morsel melting on the back of your tongue. This expressive wine could easily become an everyday favorite on the dinner table.

With 13.5% alcohol by volume this wine does not overpower the palate and the best part of this was the $10.99 price tag. Wow, this wine was an almost perfect match for a stand alone wine just to sip and enjoy. I really looked for the sales receipt on this one again to ensure I wasn’t mistaken by the price, but lo and behold, there it was staring me in the face. I could deny it no longer – this was a great wine on all fronts.