The 2008 Syrah La Cote Rousse was sourced from the Ciel du Cheval and Kiona Vineyards in the Red Mountain AVA and was aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak. A bit lighter in color but with more mineral and earth notes as well as meaty blue and black fruit aromas, on the palate it is more structured (something for which Red Mountain fruit is noted) but the tannins are nicely integrated behind layers of concentrated, spicy fruit. This lengthy offering will benefit from 5-7 years of additional cellaring and should easily see its 20th birthday in fine form.
Author: Jay Miller
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92
($55) Medium ruby. Fresh blackberry, licorice and spices on the nose. Begins bright and intense, then expands in the mouth to show more breadth than the La Serenne, with Cornas-like flavors of very ripe black cherry, graphite and dusty minerality. Finishes with a firm tannic spine. This gripping, rather high-pitched wine is still youthfully tight and needs time in bottle. Betz agrees that this wine needs time in bottle to expand |but less than in past years.|
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2010
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95
Supple and open-textured, with a gorgeous array of dark plum, currant and blackberry fruit sailing through the full-throated finish. Not at all heavy, just exuberant. The finish lasts and lasts.