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2011 St. Cosme Cote-Rotie
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2014

(all serine; 50% new oak):  Opaque ruby.  Heady, mineral-tinged aromas of cassis, blueberry preserves, violet and cracked pepper, with a smoky topnote.  Dark berry liqueur flavors show excellent depth but maintain vivacity thanks to zesty minerality and building spiciness.  Finishes with persistent black and blue fruit qualities, silky tannins and excellent stony persistence.  Quite graceful for the vintage at this point, whereas most of his other wines from 2011 are in the process of shutting down. 

93 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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