Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2014 Cotes du Rhone Reserve (60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Cinsault) doesn’t see a hint of oak and is all the better for it. Loads of licorice, back olive tapenade, pepper, grilled herbs, kirsch liqueur and black raspberry notes are all present in this expressive, medium-bodied, elegant, slightly lighter than usual, but still flavorful, tasty Cotes du Rhone. Drink it over the next 1-2 years.
Vinification: destemming and crushing. Temperature controlled fermentation at 30°C. Vatting for 10 to 12 days.
Purple-tinged garnet color. Aromas of fresh berries (wild raspberry, blackcurrant, blackberry) and spices. The palate is full-flavored, with silky-smooth tannins. The finish offers notes of licorice and pepper. Classic Cotes du Rhone style.
"The 2009 Cotes du Rhone Reserve (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault) exhibits a leafy/garrigue/Provencal character intermixed with raspberry and black cherry fruit. The sweetness of the tannins, plump, medium-bodied style, and touch of pepper result in a classic Cotes du Rhone to drink over the next several years."
- Wine Advocate, 87 pts
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Juicy and Friendly, with flavors of cherry compote and blackberry preserves offset nicely by violet and black tea notes. A streak of graphite keeps the finish fresh. Drink now through 2012. JM
- Wine Spectator Advance, 88 pts
Wine Spectator 's Wine of the Week (May 10th 2011)