Syrah "La Rosine", Michel & Stephane Ogier, FR, 2012

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 Stéphane Ogier has become one of Côte-Rôtie’s most well-respected stars. He looks for concentration in the vineyards and freshness in the cellars. By de-stemming the majority of his crop, cold-stabilization after the harvest, light extractions during vinification, and slow élévages, Stéphane is able to preserve a lively acidity in the grapes, infusing the roasted fruit character with minerality and elegant aromatics. “Coming from a steep granite hillside near the village of Tupin-et-Semons, just on the outskirts of Côte Rôtie, the 2012 La Rosine Syrah VDP is 100% Syrah that was brought up in mostly older barrels. It’s a beautiful wine that, unsurprisingly, bares more than a passing resemblance to a high-quality Côte Rôtie from the southern part of the appellation. Sweet raspberry, licorice, spice and crushed rock-like qualities flow nicely to a medium-bodied, sexy, supple 2012 that has outstanding purity of fruit and a terrific finish. It’s hard to resist now, but I’ve no doubt it will evolve gracefully for upward of a decade.”

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