2011 La Côte Rousse, Syrah
Classic Red Mountain character defines the Syrah La Côte Rousse, despite being the product of a cooler vintage. The warm site vineyards, Ciel du Cheval and Ranch at the End of the Road accumulated more heat than our other sites and ripened the four Syrah clones to a greater extent; we’ve never seen Red Mountain deliver less than full physiological maturity, every vintage. Nevertheless this vintage retains a vibrancy and energy that isn’t often found on Red Mountain.
That vigor expresses itself from color to finish. There’s the black core, a purple edge and a bit of glass coating color. Sweet, savory aromas lead the way, sort of a mineral-laden black fruit---dark berries and plums. Smoke, dried herbs, violet, meat, wet stones and a hint of ironstone complete the package. It penetrates yet is a broad fragrant expression. I’ve always felt the aromatic range of this wine has its foundation in the four clones we use.
The black fruits continue on the palate, with black cherry, dark plum and spices echoing the aroma. While it’s rich, almost luxurious, there’s a tannic foundation and a structured acidity. Floral and earthy, the dried herbs and stones emerge here too, along with tobacco, thyme and lavender. This is a food-lover’s Syrah, with weight, brightness and dimension.
Blending Detail and Aging Profile
- 100% Syrah
- Clones 174, 383, 99 and Phelps
- Best from 2015 through 2022+
- Serve cool, 60-62°F
AVA & Vineyard Detail:
- 65% Ciel du Cheval
- 35% Kiona, Ranch at the End of the Road
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, (barrel tasting), 92-95
Always more structured and burly than the La Serenne, the 2011 Syrah La Cote Rousse is no exception and exhibits classic blackberry, currant, iron, wild herb and cracked pepper-like aromas and flavors to go with a medium to full-bodied, balanced and exceedingly pure mouthfeel. Also 100% Syrah, yet from the warmer Red Mountain AVA (which excelled in 2011), this elegant, yet concentrated Syrah will drink nicely for upwards of a decade. Drink now-2024+.