2013 Louis Barruol Cote Rotie NeveSyrah / Shiraz from France
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"I met Marius Gentaz several times, although he had retired by then and our meetings were in the cellars of René Rostaing who we worked with at the time. Rostaing was Gentaz’s ...
- 93 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
93 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
"Bright purple. Smoke- and mineral-tinged dark fruit aromas complement floral, olive and spice elements that gain strength with air. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering lively blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Puts on weight with air and finishes spicy, broad and very long, with fine-grained tannins adding shape and grip."
"I met Marius Gentaz several times, although he had retired by then and our meetings were in the cellars of René Rostaing who we worked with at the time. Rostaing was Gentaz’s nephew and took over the vines after Gentaz retired. I always think of Gentaz as the greatest producer of Syrah I ever met. No one could ever tell me what he did to make his wines stand out above the others, so I’ve always assumed it was the way he worked the vines. He sure looked the part of a farmer. His 1991 Côte-Rôtie was the stuff dreams are made of, and for years I would stay at the Beau Rivage in Condrieu on our January and March trips just to enjoy a couple of bottles of it. They had it on the list for seven or eight years. It was at least the single-greatest bottling of Syrah I ever drank, and possibly the greatest bottle of wine I ever drank." -Kermit Lynch