2011 La Côte Rousse


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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 is 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. e. Drink now-2024+.

Wine Specifications

  • Vintage: 2011
  • Varietal: Syrah
  • Appellation: Red Mountain
  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • Region: Washington
2011 La Côte Rousse