2009 Delas Freres Saint-Espirit Cotes du Rhone
Very deep, near opaque, dark crimson red colour with deep, dark crimson red hue. The nose exhibits lifted top notes of dark, ripe raspberry followed by some dark cherry, plum and spice. Medium weight, the palate delivers flavours of dark raspberry, dark cherry and spice followed by a touch of earth on the back palate. Dryish but fine grained tannins with aftertaste of dark cherry, spice and some meaty, earth like characters.
Cellar 2-3 years (2013-2014)
Delas Freres has produced two other outstanding sleepers of the vintage, and both wines dramatically over-deliver for their appellations. The brilliant 2009 Cotes du Rhone St.-Esprit is the best Cotes du Rhone I have ever tasted from Delas. Seventy percent Syrah, twenty percent Grenache and the rest Carignan and Mourvedre, this wine comes primarily form the Cotes du Rhone village of Cairanne. The wine has great fruit and a sweet raspberry and black cherry nose with some herbs, licorice, and pepper. Aged all in tank, the wine is medium to full-bodied and possesses sweet tannin as well as a long finish.
Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate