A warm, plush style, with lots of cocoa powder-dusted fig, boysenberry and blackberry compote notes, followed by a strong charcoal spine that carries the long, smoldering finish. A terrific minerality is buried underneath the thickly layered fruit. Impressive.
Author: James Molesworth
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94
Glass-staining purple. A wild, exotically perfumed bouquet evokes black and blue fruit liqueur, potpourri and sandalwood, with notes of olive and smoked meat emerging with air. Broad, palate-staining black raspberry and vanilla flavors are given spine and lift by juicy acidity. Superbly clear, silky and sweet, with excellent finishing thrust and length. The tannins are smooth and harmonious.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: March/April 2013
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98
Up with some of the greatest Cote Roties out there is Delas's 2010 Cote Rotie la Landonne. Revealing an inky purple color as well as an incredible perfume of spring flowers, violets, black raspberries, graphite and Asian spice, it has drop-dead gorgeous purity, full-bodied richness and a seamless, layered texture that fails to completely cover the wine's underlying tannic grip. Made from 100% Syrah and aged 16 months in new French oak, hide bottles in the cellar for another 4-5 years and enjoy them over the following three decades.