Rene Rostaing Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde 2012
"Shows excellent energy, with tightly layered red currant, bitter cherry and blood orange fruit, held in check for now by bouncy savory and white pepper notes. Delivers racy cut on the finish, with a bold iron streak." Wine Spectator
|Grape Blend||Syrah 100%|
Rene Rostaing Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde 2012 was purchased in its original cases and comes from a very good northern Rhône vintage - elegant, ripe and juicy with intense aromas, good acidity and tannic structure.
Since 1971, winemaker René Rostaing has been a staunch defender of the great northern Rhône appellation of Côte Rôtie, believing that it should taste like traditional Côte Rôtie and not like Hermitage - crafting fine red wines of total purity and expression of his great terroir - some 20 acres of the appellation's finest vineyards, including some very special old vines.
But René's winemaking is not stuck in the past, and he marries traditional techniques and thinking with contemporary methods. He uses 15-25% new oak, but is not a fan of oaky wines, and aims to maximise mature fruit concentration true to their origins. René's two most prized Côte Rôtie special cuvées are La Landonne and Côte Blonde.
"Shows excellent energy, with tightly layered red currant, bitter cherry and blood orange fruit, held in check for now by bouncy savory and white pepper notes. Delivers racy cut on the finish, with a bold iron streak. Should meld nicely in the cellar." Wine Spectator
"More reserved and closed initially, it has subtle, yet seductive notes of black raspberry, blackberry, toasted spice, smoke earth and cured meat that gradually open up in the glass. This is followed by a full-bodied, dense, substantial Cote Rôtie that has awesome polish to its tannin, a great mid-palate and a smoking finish. It too needs short-term cellaring, but will keep for 2-3 decades." robertparker.com
"Glass-staining ruby. Potent, smoke-tinged black and blue fruit scents, along with notes of pencil lead, violet and allspice. Spicy and incisive on the palate, offering vibrant blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight with air. Shows excellent clarity and power on the extremely long, spice-laced finish, which features youthfully chewy tannins and a whiplash of candied flowers." Josh Raynolds