The 2017 Syrah La Côte Rousse was made from co-fermenting Syrah with Viognoeir to help lift the nose and add to the structure of the wine. Medium to full-bodied, it boasts beautiful floral notes and a dusty finesse of Red Mountain with a powerful mineral-driven kick that lingers on the focused palate. The La Côte Rousse is finessed and delivers expressive, elegant tart blackberry fruit and soft oak spices, followed by a lingering finish with soft black pepper tones and a rustic, dusty earth essence. Only 450 cases were made. (AM)
Moving to the top Syrahs, the 2017 Syrah La Cote Rousse is always 100% Red Mountain fruit (92% from the Ciel du Cheval vineyard) and saw 30% stems and 13 months in French oak. Fabulous notes of bloody blueberries, lavender, dried herbs, and ground pepper as well as tons of minerality emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated, masculine Syrah. Compared to the La Serenne, this cuvée also shows a more savory, mineral, structured profile and benefits from short-term cellaring. 95+
This has deep-set dark berries, blackberries and dark cherries. Plenty of spice here and black stony nuances. The palate then offers a very plush, strong and long core of deeply ripe dark-fruit flavor. Very bold, rich and even. A blend of 97% syrah and 3% viognier. Drink across the next decade.
Red Mountain wines are inevitably powerful and intense; this wine delivers that power with enough focus and tension to make it thrilling. A blend of fruit from Ciel du Cheval and Kiona vineyards, it’s utterly precise and on point, with chocolatey blackberry flavors lifted by a floral overlay of violets and lilac. Those licorice-scented flavors follow a dark, tannic line, the wine elegant yet also eminently ageable.
For the first time, this wine is blended with a touch of Viognier (3%). It was partially fermented in concrete, and the aromas are lifted with notes of huckleberry, raspberry, herb, orange peel, black pepper and abundant minerals. The blue-fruited palate is silky, soft and fresh, with a fine sense of acidity and tannin structure. It brings a lot of finesse as well. (SP)
Silky and elegantly complex, with expressive violet and black raspberry aromas that open to refined and polished black cherry, smoked pepper and licorice flavors, dancing toward fine-grained tannins. (TF)
Bright, dark ruby-red. Musky aromas of black raspberry, blueberry, licorice and wild herbs. Densely packed and fine-grained, conveying lovely inner-mouth violet lift to its cherry and dark berry flavors. Finishes tactile, firmly tannic and long. This juicy, seamless Syrah displays intriguing savory soil tones and a light touch but still needs a couple years to blossom in the bottle. (ST) 93+
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