I had brought this bottle to a family gathering and we found that this was perfect with a nice foie gras and brie
It's a sign of the times that you can get a great Northern Rhone Syrah for under $30. If you've never tried a Cote Rotie before, this is a great place to start. Smokey, peppery, silky and elegant with red raspberry fruit. A steal.
Really enjoyed this wine. Served it at a party and it was the first bottle of red gone.
This wine takes forever to breathe to get rid of its sharp edge. It's not worth the price.
Now I know why it is on sale.
This was quite a hard call. On the one hand it has some very nice spice notes, pepper and clove over chocolate. On the other hand the fruit notes are weak and the wine feels thin and watery for Syrah. Oh, and then there is the subtle but slowly overpowering undercurrent of mold. Not good earthy smells like fresh mushrooms, this is "I haven't cleaned the sink in 3 years" scum of mold. And after a few sips it was literally overpowering. I'm going to hope this was a failure in this particular bottle, but even if not the weakness of the mouthfeel and flavor makes it hard to really recommend it highly even at this price let along MSRP. Or finish a bottle of it. Or even a glass.
I thought I couldn't go wrong with a $25 Cote Rotie, but alas I was wrong. After purchasing the bottle, I checked out what Parker had to say about the vintage, and apparently it was a hot year, and vineyards that didn't green harvest extensively turned out bad wines. That's what I think happened here. The wine tasted like overripe red berries, bordering on raisiny. Thin on the mid-palate, this wine came off as tart and acidic on the finish. Basically it seemed like they didn't cut enough fruit off before harvest, leading to many ripe grapes that didn't bring a lot to the bottle. pass.