Normal Description: I love a good Côtes-du-Rhône . If you’re not familiar with them, they range a ton in quality and you need to give a few a try (and probably ask your wine shop person for advice) before you settle on a reliable one. When you find a good one, it’s well worth it — I promise. The Delas Saint-Esprit was a little more complex and interesting than the stuff I usually drink. And that’s because it’s made mostly with Syrah, rather than Grenache. That explains the dark ruby color — Syrah is one dark-colored grape! The nose was pretty terrific. It was plum with just a ton of baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and then there was great chocolate-mocha yumminess as a secondary hit. The thing was a cilia-singer — alcohol was very apparent and kind of smacked me in the face. I got a bit of thyme and lavender as well, but these were less apparent so I may be making that up, although MC Ice gave me the “I see where you get that” and he’s not afraid to tell me if I’ve gone off the deep end, so I think I may be ok.