An incredible wine that I wish I had a case of is the 2005 Cote Rotie from the young Stephane Ogier. Exhibiting a head turning bouquet of smoked meats, spice, cassis and black olives, this beauty hits the palate with thrilling purity of fruit, full-bodied richness and a layered, seamless texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. While this is the base cuvee of the estate, it trumps the vast majority of wines in the vintage.
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91
Deep ruby. Ripe cherry and candied plum on the nose, with olive and smoky bacon notes adding nuance. Plush, deeply sweet dark fruit preserve flavors are braced by zesty minerality and pick up an exotic floral pastille character with air. Finishes with a strong smoky quality and lingering sweetness. This definitely requires patience.