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Produced in cooperation with Rhône vintners François Villard and Yves Cuilleron, "Asiaticus" was raised on historic terroir once cultivated in Roman times (and praised in antiquity by Pliny and Plutarch). These historic vineyards, now revived, sit just north of Côte Rôtie on the east side of the Rhône. Steep slopes covered in schist soils are blown by northern winds that keep vines healthy and cool; a 100% Syrah that exhibits a Côte Brune style, with its ripe, round and penetrating flavors. Black cherries, plum jam and salted licorice characterize the nose, while ribbons of dark chocolate wind around a full, structured and zesty mouth of black fruits and Moroccan spices.
"Ruby-red. Intensely spicy scents of vibrant raspberry, cherry, cinnamon and clove are underscored by zesty minerality; smells like a suave Burgundy. Fine-grained, silky and sweet, offering sexy red berry flavors, gentle tannins and a whiplash of Asian spices. This boasts terrific energy and clarity, as well as superb finishing cut and persistence."-International Wine Cellar 91-93
The Rhone appellation furthest north, the translation of Cote Rotie is roasted slope, named after the region's very steep, south facing slopes that have ideal exposure to the sun. There are two main slopes, Cote Brunes & Cote Blondes. They are just as they sound, with the darker Brunes soils consisting of rich clay and iron, producing firm and robust wine. The...Read More About Cote Rotie
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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