Les Forots Côtes du Rhône
/ One of the real values from Colombo and his négociant portfolio is the declassified Cornas, which he bottles under the moniker of Les Forots-Côtes du Rhône. The 2004 (100% Syrah) is austere but has some soft black cherry fruit, medium body, and decent pepper and spice. It is best drunk over the next several years.Add winemaker's notes
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/ One of the real values from Colombo and his négociant portfolio is the declassified Cornas, which he bottles under the moniker of Les Forots-Côtes du Rhône. The 2004 (100% Syrah) is austere but has some soft black cherry fruit, medium body, and decent pepper and spice. It is best drunk over the next several years.
Côtes du Rhône Les Forots 2009 - 89 points, Wine Spectator/ Fresh and floral, with a violet note leading the way for stone-tinged plum and black cherry fruit. Lightly firm minerality lingers on the finish.
/ Fresh and floral, with a violet note leading the way for purple fruit notes and a minerally finish. 100 persent Syrah, from vines just outside Cornas.
/ Shows more of a Northern Rhone profile, with dark olive, tobacco, grilled herb and cherry notes, followed by a sanguine finish. Drink now.
Hailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhône, 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 Rhône 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 Rhône Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France. Production Area Rhone Valley, France Grapes come from 60-year-old vines that grow on very steep slopes of granite and limestone in the northern Rhône Valley. All work in the vineyards is done manually and without the use of pesticides or irrigation, respecting the local environment. Grape Varieties 100% Syrah Vinification Grapes are picked manually; the bunches are 100% de-stemmed and lightly crushed before being fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Pre-maceration takes place for 2 days, followed by 7 days of fermentation at a controlled temp of 82.4°F, and 15 days of maceration at a maximum of 86°F. The wine is aged for nine months, 60% in one- or two-year-old oak barrels with 40% in stainless steel prior to bottling. Color Ruby red Bouquet Violets, spices and licorice Taste Harmonious with an elegant structure; appealing flavors of small ripe berry fruits(raspberries, blackberries and blueberries) and notes of licorice and spices dominate on the finish Alcohol 13% Serving Suggestions Pairs well with tuna, lamb or chicken with herbs and spices.
Les Forots Cotes du Rhone 2006 - Recommended, Wine Spectator/ Listed amongst James Molesworth's recommended wines from the Rhone Valley.
/ Rosemary and black olive notes support the dense, black fruit, with a firm streak of acidity keeping everything together. Give it a thick juicy steak to balance the richness.
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