Pierre Gaillard Asiaticus Seyssuel Cuvee Unique 2006
from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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
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