Rotie Cellars Homage 2010
Rhone Red Blends
from Walla Walla Valley, Washington
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Winemaker Sean Boyd's homage to Bandol in the Cote d'Azur is composed of 70% Mourvèdre, 20% Cinsault and 10% Grenache. It exhibits a brilliant ruby color and seductive aromas of wild raspberries, red currants, mulberries, spiced orange peel, crushed roses and garrigue. The medium full-bodied flavors mirror the aromatics with succulent dried red fruits, intermixed with licorice, cocoa powder and scorched earth minerals. On the back, sensations of framboise liqueur and macerated currants emerge, accented by touches of toasted almonds, dried orange peel, leather, and cinnamon and clove, followed by a moderate tannin and acid finish.
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"Assembled from selected barrels that were initially intended for other bottlings but in Boyd’s estimation showed special promise, his diversely-sourced 2010 Homage – 70% Mourvedre, 20% Cinsault and 10% Grenache – is, he says, vinified along very similar lines to his 100% Mourvedre bottling, and also reached a level of alcohol high by this winery’s standards, specifically 15.5%. Sea-breeze salinity, beech plum, blueberry, and bay in the nose migrate to a full, finely-tannic palate where the bitterness of huckleberry and herbal concentrates along with the smokiness of black tea serve for invigorating counterpoint, leading to a finish whose sense of levity and lip-smacking primary juiciness are remarkable considering the wine’s alcoholic weight. Like the corresponding pure Mourvedre, this exhibits a bit less textural allure – for now, at least – than the best of Rotie Cellars' 2010s, but will merit at least half a dozen years' attention. "
The Wine Advocate
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