Dave’s Pick: 2016 Delas Côtes-du-Rhône, Saint-Esprit, $12.99

There was a bit of controversy surrounding this wine. It received a remarkable (for the price) 95 points from the English magazine Decanter. That is a publication for which I have great respect, and find that their taste in wine typically matches mine. But then a co-worker who knows my palate, warned me that it was made in a bigger style that he thought I might not like.

Well he was right about the bigger style, but wrong about my not liking it. A richly aromatic wine filled with heady dark fruits—plum, blackberry, currant—along with touches of anise and spice. This is a medium to full-bodied wine offering cherry and berry fruit flavors, with a silky texture and a creamy finish. Light, ripe tannins add grip, while bright acidity adds balance. Yes, it is rather big, but also well-structured and well-balanced, which is what won me over.