Old School, New Vintage

April 19, 2018

 

The esteemed, old-school house of Delas is known for producing bottles from more high rent addresses in the Northern Rhone; Cornas, St. Joseph, Hermitage, Cote Rotie… But grapes that  are grown outside of these very defined areas or outside of the regulations of allowed variety, yield, location, vinification techniques, etc., can still be produced.  But they must be labeled with the less auspicious moniker of Cotes du Rhone. That does not always mean it is an undesirable wine, however.

In the favorable 2016 vintage in the Northern Rhone Valley, this wine is certainly desirable. This may be a harbinger of things to come from this highly anticipated vintage in the Rhone. Quite soft on entry initially, with ripe red and black fruits, soon thereafter, the underlying tannins make themselves known and keep the wine from being too pretty. After some time in the glass the herbal quality of wild herbs, rosemary, lavender emerge on the nose to add a desired complexity to the mix. I had mine with a pan roasted chicken breast on night one and the wine held up just fine to be finished on night two with a bit of braised beef with carrots.

Best of all…what a great value!

2016 Delas, Saint Espirit, Cotes du Rhone – $10-12 at many fine wine shops.