St. Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2008
Lots of acidity and an almost effervescent quality. Dark purple-red color in the glass belies the lighter style, bright red fruits and sharp acidity. At less than $10, a fine value.Add winemaker's notes
Lots of acidity and an almost effervescent quality. Dark purple-red color in the glass belies the lighter style, bright red fruits and sharp acidity. At less than $10, a fine value.
always a solid wine, this red shows a floral nose with spice, bright cherries,white pepper, and cured meats. This bottle has more finesse and acidity than previous vintages, and is very nice.
Rotten egg nose, and pretty light flavor. But I just couldn't get over the smell. WineEducation.com says this is "almost always attributed to poor handling of grapes and the wine during production," so I'm quite disappointed that my wine supplier stocked it.
Overall a fine example of "old world"Syrah. An earthy composite of rustic, baked fruits. Dark notes of doward plum and fermented raspberry. Big expressions of concentrated dry earth,licorace and stewed rhubarb wrapped around a core of minerality and black spices...Suggest perhaps a minimal decanting time of 30 min. A newly opened bottle may be a bit off-putting with coarser nuance. This is soon relaxed and the wine certainly becomes less austere and more approachable in large graces. Better pairings might be Braised lamb cutlets, or beef entrees with fattier marks. Cheers..
Three and a half glasses
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Toasty, with violet, fig bread and black currant notes laced with mocha and dark licorice hints. The fleshy, polished finish has a tobacco twinge to keep this honest. Drink now.
This dark and spicy 100% Syrah was made by Louis Barroul, a 14th-generation neacute;gociant-winemaker from Gigondas, in the southern Rhocirc;ne. It captures the meaty, smoky majesty of far pricier red Rhocirc;nes, at least in the powerful, herb-infused bouquet. Grapey, spicy and front-loaded with fruit, the wine falls off in the finish, but by then you are well on your way to the next sip.
Readers looking for a tank-fermented and aged, 100% Syrah bursting with blackberry fruit should check out the 2001 St. Cosme Cocirc;tes du Rhocirc;ne. It possesses good acidity, loads of fruit, not a great deal of complexity, but considerable body, sweetness, and glycerine. Drink it over the next 3ndash;4 years. A Syrah such as this from California would cost $35ndash;$50!
With respect to Barruolrsquo;s negociant line of wines, called Saint-Cosme, the very good 2008 Cotes du Rhone is primarily Syrah, much of it coming from such cool areas as Vinsobres. Attractive notes of creosote, blackberries, black currants, licorice, and truffles are followed by a medium-bodied, admirably textured wine with excellent fruit and definition. Drink it over the next 2ndash;3 years.
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