Decanted 1 hr. The first 20 to 30 minutes the wines aromas and flavors were dominated by some new wood, but of little concern as it blew off pretty quickly. I love the musky aroma of the wine, a feature I am really starting to identify with all Rotie Cellars wines. Still a tad monolithic on the palate, but a quiet but steadily rising mineral streak asserts itself with each sip, beautifully framing the dark raspberry fruit. Very persistent form starts to finish. I have just one bottle left, but I am going to try to hold for at least 5 more years, better if it can make 8 to 10 as I think there is some real long term potential aging this wine.
Drank over two days; it showed great on the first day and better on the second. The bouquet features plenty of WA Syrah markers, with notable tribute elements to the north Rhone. On the second day this came into its own. The bouquet featured candied smoked fig, eucalyptus, blueberry compote, herbs, assorted peppercorns, cola, and hints of charcuterie. The well-balanced palate offers excellent texture, ample depth, and changes inflection beautifully. One the downside, a greenish bitters element lingers through a finish. An excellent wine and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
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(Rotie Cellars Northern Blend Washington State) This is the first time Rotie’s Northern Blend has come exclusively from Walla Walla Valley fruit and, once again, this wine delivers. This is an aromatic wine with floral notes, mineral, black pepper, black olive juice, and a meaty streak. The palate is full of soft, meaty, perfumed savory flavors with bright acidity and a long persistent finish. Fans of this rising star winery will not be disappointed. 95% Syrah, 5% Viognier. Dwelley, Patina, and SJR vineyards. 14.2% alcohol. 605 cases produced.
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