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2002 Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie Cuvee Terroir
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87 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2005

($70; Rostaing's only Cote-Rotie bottling in 2002) Good medium red-ruby. Somewhat vague but ultimately complex aromas of black cherry, blackberry, purple flowers, leather and pepper. Lively and slightly dry, with flavors of blackberry, violet, pepper and leather. Lacks fat but shows good verve and finishes with noteworthy length for the year. Rostaing describes this wine's overriding character as "a vegetal pepperiness. " Not bad.

87 Points | Wine Spectator

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