For my holiday cookie swap, I plan to serve lots of wine. One of the main staples will be the Côtes du Rhône St. Esprit Rouge 2016.
Founded 160 years ago, this estate sits in the heart of the northern Côtes du Rhône. In 1993, Delas Frères was ac-
quired by the Champagne House of Louis Roederer along with Champagne Deutz. Today, the wines are crafted by
winemaker Jacques Grange and his team of experts as they focus on producing wines that provide intense flavor
and excellent value.
After destemming all the grapes, fermentation and maceration begins for approximately 15 days with daily
pumping to ensure proper extraction. In order to preserve the fruity aromas, the wines mature in vats for 8 months.
The vineyard’s southern exposure on tall granite hillsides provides the optimal growing conditions for the vines
The dark plum color gives way to a classic Syrah nose of berry fruit, violet and licorice. The palate is fully rounded
with delicate tannins. This wine pairs well with Provençale style cuisine, stuffed tomatoes and barbecued meats.