2015 Delas Saint-Joseph Saint-Epine
In the same mold as the Francois de Tournon, the 2015 Saint Joseph Sainte Epine will see 18 months in barrel, 40% being new. This loaded, inky-colored, gorgeously concentrated and pure effort has off-the-chart notes of cassis, crushed rocks, pepper and graphite; it also has full-bodied richness, building, ultra-fine tannin and a blockbuster finish. It's one of the gems in the vintage, but there are only 500 cases made, so don’t miss a chance to grab a few bottles.
Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate #228 (Dec 2016)
Plenty of oak. A toasty, sappy and spicy edge, with peppery nuances and ripe blackberry fruits. The palate has slick, fleshy plum-flavored fruits with a core of ripe, plush tannins and a cola-flavored finish. Drink now.
Bright violet. Deep-pitched aromas of ripe red and blue fruits are complicated by cola, anise and smoked meat accents. Sweet, seamless black raspberry, cherry liqueur and cracked pepper flavors smoothly combine heft and finesse and show no rough edges. Large-scaled but shows good vivacity and finishes on a gently tannic note, with very good clarity and persistence.
Josh Raynolds - Vinous