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2005 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Cuvée Syrah
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Community Tasting Notes 8
Loren Sonkin wrote: (95 points)
October 15, 2014 - Lots of Syrahs - Nate M visits Cleveland (A Restaurant Downtown): Just a gorgeous wine and expression of Syrah. Perhaps I liked this best as it is more middle of the road in style (or maybe because I brought it ;-) ). The nose has black raspberries, slight smoke, bacon fat, black pepper. It certainly has many warm climate characteristics, but is not overblown in any way. On the palate, it is juicy with a great lush texture. Complex and layered as it expands in the glass, I think it has many years ahead of it. Beautiful wine. Not cheap but worth it.
June 2, 2013 - Took some time to open, but when it did it showed the great pedigree of a Rayas wine. Inky color, earthy nose with pure and balanced fruit on the palate.
January 26, 2013 - Dinner with Friends (FMIII in the OC): Super wine. Dark plum, spice, and a solid dose of white pepper. Great complexity. I went back for more of this one.
Anonymous wrote: (93 points)
June 6, 2011 - Je croyais avoir affaire à un Châteauneuf tant la vinification me semble semblable et produit une Syrah riche et parfumé, qu'on croirait agrémentée de Grenache. Un vin sérieux, qui ne tente pas d'en faire trop, mais se laisse boire avec une facilité déconcertante.
April 21, 2011 - decanted and poured a taste. Definately syrah, but the nose was still tight and slowly opened all night. Hints of herbs but focused on the floral side of things. Smooth to drink, but still just a bit tight. Try again in a year or two.
Pro Reviews 3
The Rhone Report
By Jeb Dunnuck
Issue #14, 12/18/2012 (link) 94 points
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- Vintage 2005
- Type Red
- Producer Château Rayas
- Varietal Syrah
- Designation Château de Fonsalette Cuvée Syrah
- Vineyard n/a
- Country France
- Region Rhône
- SubRegion Southern Rhône
- Appellation Côtes du Rhône
- Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
- In Cellars 62 (67%)
- Consumed 31 (33%)