Rotie Cellars Homage 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Washington
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.
The Wine Advocate - "The ripest of the lot is the 2010 Homage. A blend of 70% Mourvedre, 20% Cinsault and 10% Grenache, it displays a bright, lifted array of bramble-laced black and blue fruits, leather, sappy underbrush, peppered meats and licorice on the nose. Up-front and gorgeously fruited on the palate, it has loads of texture, yet manages to stay fresh and elegant, with juicy acidity, very fine, silky tannin and a brilliant finish that certainly doesn’t lack for length. This needs a long decant if drinking anytime soon and should have 15-20 years or more of longevity. Drink 2016-2025.
Rotie Cellars Winery
When starting Rotie Cellars, Sean Boyd wanted to pay respect to the wines he truly loves to drink, those of France's Rhone Valley. From the dense Syrah-Viognier blends of the north, to the sultry GSM blends of the south, he has always felt there is plenty to love and learn. So he set a goal to start a winery based entirely on making traditional Rhone-style blends in Washington State. The idea is to combine old world winemaking techniques with the best Rhone varietal fruit in the area. Rotie will never be a large winery with a huge production, but rather, a small winery dedicated to creating old world wines from new world grapes. View all Rotie Cellars Wines
About Walla Walla Valley
Sharing part of the valley with Oregon, Walla Walla is on the southeast side of the Columbia Valley. It is primarily red grape land, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading in the vineyards, followed by Merlot and the ever-growing and very popular, Syrah.In the 1990's, as Washington State was gaining more acclaim for its red wines, Walla Walla was hailed by wine critics for its quality and sense of place. That has not changed. Many red wines from Walla Walla show not only great complexity and elegance, but ageability. Though the region is known for the red wines, the most planted white grape here is Chardonnay.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.