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Cote Rotie Cote Blonde Rene Rostaing 2012 (750ML)
97 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most impressive of the lineup is the 2012 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde, which comes from Rene's 1.5 hectares in the Cote Blonde lieu-dit and the plots Mouline and Chatillonne..I think the best wine here (at the moment anyways) is the 2012 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde. More reserved and closed initially, it has subtle, yet seductive notes of black raspberry, blackberry, toasted spice, smoke earth and cured meat that gradually open up in the glass. This is followed by a full-bodied, dense, substantial Cote Rotie that has awesome polish to its tannin, a great mid-palate and a smoking finish. It too needs short-term cellaring, but will keep for 2-3 decades."
94 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media: "Inky ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays intense aromas of red fruit liqueur, potpourri, smoky minerals and white pepper; smells like a very serious Burgundy from a ripe year. Palate-staining raspberry and floral pastille flavors are accented by an exotic jolt of blood orange. Gains weight and sweetness with air, finishing with resonating minerality and outstanding persistence. This graceful wine should enjoy a long evolution thanks to its balance." 2/15
92 Points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator: "Shows excellent energy, with tightly layered red currant, bitter cherry and blood orange fruit, held in check for now by bouncy savory and white pepper notes. Delivers racy cut on the finish, with a bold iron streak. Should meld nicely in the cellar. Best from 2017 through 2025. 400 cases made." 9/15