Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde, Domaine René Rostaing 2009
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The beautiful 2009 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde offers up aromas of pepper, bouquet garni, spring flowers, roasted meats, black raspberries and kirsch. This fragrant, spicy, floral, opulent, voluptuously textured, medium to full-bodied 2009 possesses terrific purity (a hallmark of all the Rostaing wines). It, too, should drink nicely for 10-15 years, but there is no reason to delay your gratification.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (198), December 2011|
Not surprisingly, my favorite of these offerings is the 2009 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde. It offers beautiful notes of raspberry liqueur intermixed with kirsch, spice box, tapenade and pepper in addition to a supple texture, medium to full body, and excellent purity, texture and personality. Drink this delicious wine over the next decade.
|Score: 92/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (193), February 2011|
Bright purple. A kaleidoscopic bouquet displays scents of black raspberry, floral oils, incense and juniper berry. Exotic and deeply concentrated, offering sweet red and dark berry preserve flavors and notes of candied violet and spice cake. Powerful but impressively lithe, with excellent finishing energy and lingering notes of flowers and minerals. Some air brought out tannins but there's more than enough buffering fruit here to handle them.
|Score: 94/96||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, January 2011|
Scented and concentrated. Very fresh and pointed. For the moment very youthful indeed. A little inky on the end. For Rostaing this is quite dramatic! It will need quite a while.
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2010|
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