Rene Rostaing Syrah Côte-Rôtie 2005
90-92 pts -Robert ParkerThe 2005s are intense, rich, structured, tannic, and backward. Like so many Northern Rhones, they possess considerable structure and tannin which gives the sense that the wines are going to age for a long time. Yet in the eternal struggle in a wines evolution between the fruit and the tannin, the tannins win out 90% or more of the time. The 2005 Cote Rotie reveals a much darker color than its 2004 counterpart. Sweet black cherry and cola notes are intermixed with some camphor, herbs, and spice. On the palate, the wine has a boatload of tannin in the finish. This will be one of the more backward wines Rostaing has made, needing 2-3 years of bottle age and lasting 12-15 years.
The Domaine consists of 7.5 hectares spread over 20 plots in Cote-Rotie,Crozes-Hermitage,Condrieu and Languedoc but is based in Ampuis Cote-Rotie. La Landonne and Cote Blonde are the two top of the range cuvees of Cote-Rotie from specific vineyards but the main cuvee is called 'Classique' or 'Ampodium' and that is made from a blend of grapes from 13 other plots. Rene Rostaing also owns Domaine Peuch in Languedoc