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Professional Ratings: 92 International Wine Cellar, 92 Vinous / Antonio Galloni
Region: Central Coast, California
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Other Info: Green Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 125064
The 2011 Cotes de Tablas shows a deep, powerful nose of soy, licorice and black cherry, with an appealing sweet spice note emerging with air. The mouth is rich with plum, cherry, leather, balsamic and crushed rock balanced by fresh acidity and characteristic chalky Grenache tannins on the lingering, spicy finish.
Blend: 49% Grenache, 28% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre
(49% grenache, 28% syrah, 15% mourvedre and 8% counoise): Bright ruby. A highly fragrant bouquet combines scents of raspberry, minerals, olive tapenade, lavender and Asian spices. Shows a suave blend of richness and energy, with appealing sweetness and intensity to its red berry preserve and floral flavors. The penetrating finish repeats the spicy note and clings tenaciously.
The low yields of the vintage inform the 2011 Cotes de Tablas, which is especially rich. It could very well end up being a serious overachiever. We will see for sure once the wine is in bottle. Dark red fruit, herbs and tobacco flesh out on the highly attractive finish. The 2011 is 49% Grenache, 28% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 8% Counoise.