The aromas are simply gorgeous even before the wine has attained an age at which it could offer up tertiary scents--which is a testament to how good the fruit material was, and how judiciously it was oaked during the wine?s elevage. Lifted scents of violets and both red and black fruits are totally alluring, and the delicate flavors follow suit. Beautifully light and fresh for a wine from the (sometimes chunky) 2011 vintage, this just radiates elegance and class. winereviewonline.com - March 2015 Spice- and floral-accented aromas of blackberry and cherry, with a peppery nuance gaining power with aeration. Broad and fleshy on the palate, offering supple black and blue fruit flavors that pick up a smoky quality in the glass. Notes of vanilla and cracked pepper linger on a long, gently tannic finish. Vinous - March 2013
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Côte Rotie - "La Divine"
Appellation Côte Rotie Contrôlée
Grape Varieties95% Syrah; 5% Viognier
DescriptionHailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhone, Jean-Luc Colombo has achieved a high-profile international reputation for making innovative wines that are original, memorable and bursting with personality. Despite a resolute aversion to change in the Cornas region, Colombo has brazenly introduced innovative methods in his vineyards and throughout the production process based on a respect for nature and his fundamental belief that good wine is the culmination of three key elements: terroir, human endeavor and modern winemaking techniques. The result? A more accessible style of Rhone Valley wines, reflecting an exuberance of fruit and depth of expression and showcasing the full potential of the Syrah grape when grown in the unique terroir of Cornas. Through his intense dedication, Colombo has brought the wines of Cornas into the international limelight. The company now embraces wines representing major appellations of the Rhone Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France.
VinificationOnly free run juice is used as the wine undergoes 3 weeks of post maceration at 86°F. The wine is matured 18 months in oak barrels (15% new, 85% in 1 to 3 year old) and then fined using egg white prior to bottling, but is unfiltered.
ColorDeep ruby red.
NoseSuperb smoky nose of exotic spices and jammy black fruit.
PalateDense flavors prevail; a very complex, concentrated wine.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %pH: 3.75 pHRS: <1.0 g/L
Serving SuggestionsA first-rate pairing with lamb dishes, chicken tagine, and game birds.