Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rotie for me!

David Grega is a certified sommelier and wine consultant living in the Napa Valley; In addition David is the consulting winemaker and national sales manager for Carlotta Cellars. For more information e-mail

Winery: Chapoutier

Vintage: 1999

Reigon: Cote Rotie

designation: La Mordoree

Varietal: Syrah

Average Price: $170

Tasting Notes: This wine seems to captivate me each time I get the chance to indulge in Chapoutier's beautiful creation from both the cote Blonde and Cote Brune. The nose is thick and ritch of blackberry, wild game and dark coffe bean. On the palate this wine is a stalwart. Solid structure paired with layers of wild blackberry and a smoaky bacon fat essence give way to a long and satisfying finish. These wine really give you somthing to think about, truly delightful!

Rating: 4 of 5 (classic wine, sit down wine)

Cellaring: I recommend another 10 year aging (2019) although this wine will drink well for a few decades after that!

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