2006 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Classique - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (12/5/2012)
-- decanted immediately before initial taste --
-- tasted non-blind over approx. 6 hours --
NOSE: a bit tart; weedy; red-fruited; moderately expressive; smells like it’s going to be thin/weak/insipid on the palate; hint of petroleum jelly; light soy sauce smokiness; with air, the fruit turned darker; overall, quite odd for a Cote Rotie.
BODY: garnet-ruby color, with a little bit of bricking creeping in: this does look older than it actually is; color is of medium-light to medium depth; fine particulate matter present; medium-light to medium bodied.
TASTE: acidic; not much tannin; low concentration of fruit; dried herbs on the finish – marjoram, sage, oregano; black tea; weak red fruits; tart; loosely knit; 13% alc. not noticeable; notes of smoke and tar emerge with air (~5 hours), but these notes are not strong; overall, a rather ho-hum wine.
B: 50, 4, 11, 15, 6 = (86 pts.)
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