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Professional Ratings: 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 Vinous / Antonio Galloni
Region: Central Coast, California
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Other Info: Green Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 118040
The 2010 Cotes de Tablas shows a spicy nose of crushed rock, licorice and black cherry, with sweet spices like nutmeg and cinnamon coming out with air. The mouth is nicely vibrant with flavors of fig and cherry, leather, balsamic and mineral, with chalky Grenache tannins coming out on the lingering, spicy finish. Drink now and for the next decade.
Blend: 46% Grenache, 39% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 5% Counoise
Deep ruby. Complex scents of black raspberry, pipe tobacco, potpourri and spicecake. Smooth, open-knit cherry and dark berry flavors are complemented by smoky herb and lavender qualities, with a spicy nuance building on the back half. Closes on a sweet note, with excellent clarity and spicy persistence.
The 2010 Cotes de Tablas is a bit more accessible than some of the single-variety wines because of its medium-bodied structure. Dark red cherries, flowers and tobacco float through to the medium-bodied, refined finish, where a dash of Counoise adds lift. The 2010 is 46% Grenache, 39% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Counoise. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.