Stellar Northern Rhones

20 Jan Stellar Northern Rhones

Delas is one of the most anticipated arrivals every year in our Rhône section. These two Syrahs are perfect examples of the Rhône treatment of the grape, with classic characteristics, however the winemakers are using a more modern approach (destemming fruit, oak treatment). All the components are in perfect balance. This is a great example of a classic producer who’s changing with the times to make wine that is just plain good.

“Winemaker Jacques Granges continues to keep this large estate up with the crème de la crème of the Northern Rhône.”
The Wine Advocate

2015 Delas Saint-Joseph “Sainte Epine”
On Sale $59.99
“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.”
94-96 points, the Wine Advocate

2015 Delas Saint-Joseph “Francois de Tournon”
On Sale $36.99
“The three St Joseph cuvées include the brooding and backward 2015 Saint Joseph Francois de Tournon, which will spend roughly 12 months in a mix of barrels and stainless steel. Its inky black/purple color is followed by Hermitage-like aromas and flavors of burning embers, crushed rocks, liquid blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied, deep, rich and layered, with bright acidity and fine tannin, it’s a killer wine to buy by the case.”
93-95 points, the Wine Advocate

Domaine de Rosiers is a lesser-known producer who is about to skyrocket in popularity once the quality level becomes common knowledge. These wines haven’t been importerd to the U.S. for very long and we are lucky to be early adopters, as we can still get the best they have to offer. These wines will become harder to find in the years to come.

2015 Domaine de Rosiers Cote Rotie “Besset”
On Sale $65.99
This is a single vineyard cuvee from the Besset vineyard that is situated at the northern end of the appellation and at the top of the slope. Besset is very steep and considered a “Grand Cru” quality vineyard. Never more than 250 (6pk) cases made; 98% Syrah & 2% Viognier; aged in a maximum of 50% new oak for 18 months. The backward, tannic 2015 Cote Rotie Besset is a barrel selection of the estate’s best parcels. It’s inky in hue, with dark aromas of charcoal and espresso. Rugged and intense tannins are balanced by a ripe, velvety feel and mouthwatering meaty, dark-fruit flavors. Impressive.
95+ Points, the Wine Advocate

2015 Domaine de Rosiers Cote Rotie “Drevon”
On Sale $49.99
Drevon is an assembly of all the parcels; 98% Syrah & 2% Viognier; 100% barrel 25% new oak with a maximum of 5 years old for 18 months. Almost as rich and dark as the estate’s Besset bottling, the 2015 Cote Rotie Drevon boasts similarly dark aromas and flavors of charred beef and espresso. This is full-bodied and firmly tannic until hints of red berries peek through on the long finish.
93 Points, the Wine Advocate

2015 Domaine de Rosiers Cote Rotie “Coeur de Rose”
On Sale $57.99
Never more than 250 (6pk) cases made; 98% Syrah & 2% Viognier; aged in a maximum of 50% new oak for 18 months. A five-barrel selection from across the Domaine’s various holdings, the 2015 Cote Rotie Coeur de Rose is a smoky, campfire-scented example of the appellation. It’s medium to full-bodied but strongly on the savory side, with meat, espresso and olive notes and some firm tannins on the finish.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate