A Visit to Rotie Cellars

All wines tasted on 11/11/12:

2011 Rotie Cellars Northern White Washington State ($28)
(100% Marsanne) I think Maison Bleue sets the bar for this variety in WA. But this is pretty darn good. Very dry, very austere, but minerally (yes, again) white peach. 87 points

2010 Rotie Cellars Southern Blend Washington State ($40)
(75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre) Very light color. Christmas spices (think clove, cinnamon), cranberry, rhubarb. Long finish – likely great with food. 89 points

2010 Rotie Cellars Northern Blend ($40)
(95% Syrah, 5% Viognier – their Cote Rotie look-alike) 1/3 stem inclusion. Game, mushroom, bright red, juicy fruit. Herbs, but just a touch. 91 points

2010 Rotie Cellars Homage Washington State ($60)
(70% Mourvedre, 20% Cinsault, 10% Grenache – their Chateauneuf du Pape) Wow, great aromas. Deep plum spice cake, brightly lit by nice acids. Again, long, finely tannic finish. 92 points
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