Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rôtie La Garde 2012
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|Region||France, Rhone, Cote Rotie|
|Brand||Domaine de Bonserine|
Wine SpectatorAlluring black tea and bergamot aromas lead the way, followed by an assertive, polished and fleshy core of plum, cassis and cherry preserve flavors. A long bolt of iron underneath remains well-embedded, while a lingering mesquite details adds extra range and length. Best from 2019 through 2034. 140 cases imported.
Wine EnthusiastLa Garde is a blend of grapes from the producer's best parcels in both the Côte Blonde and Côte Brune. It's a lavish, perfumed wine wafting of violets, leather and game. The palate is fleshy yet nuanced, pulsating with rich black cherry and plum accented by pepper, earth, smoke and bacon. It drinks gorgeously already but should improve through 2030 and hold further.
Wine AdvocateThe smallest production release, with roughly 300 cases made, the 2012 Côte Rôtie La Garde is 100% Syrah that sees a full 36 months in new French oak. More closed, backward and tight than the other cuvees, it reluctantly gives up firm, edgy notes of black raspberry, liquid smoke and violets. Medium to full-bodied, with firm tannin and juicy acidity, it's in need of 4-5 years of cellaring and will have upward of two decades of longevity. Drink Date: 2018-2038.