Delas St. Joseph St. Epine 2013
The grapes for this wine come from a single plot selection of "Sainte-Épine," which forms a south-facing slope hillside on the commune of Saint-Jean de Muzols in the heart of the appellation. The vineyards of Saint-Joseph stretch more than 35 miles along the right bank of the Rhône river, from Chavanay in the north, to Guilherand in the south. The soil is light and gravelly, comprised of schist and gneiss rock over a granite base. The climate is moderate, with hot, dry summers and normal rainfall the rest of the year. The vineyards have southern and southeastern sun exposure.
This is gorgeous, with freshly picked black cherry, loganberry and plum fruit flavors pouring forth, lined with subtle violet and incense notes and racing through a long, mineral-edged finish. Shows blazing purity. Drink now through 2023. 52 cases imported. Rated 94 by Wine Spectator
A Wine Guy Selection