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Rotie Cellars, Northern Blend 2012
Syrah 97%, Viognier 3%
Sourced from The Rocks District in Walla Walla Valley, the Northern Blend expresses the savory and earthy terroir of its region. It exhibits aromas of violet and bacon fat. On the palate, soft black fruits with velvety tannins and dark chocolate deliver a voluptuous and complex texture.
Rotie Cellars was born out of a desire to pay homage to the wines of the Rh�ne Valley. From the deep and complex Syrah-Viognier blends of the Northern Rh�ne, to the sultry GSM's of the South, the renowned region offers a wealth of inspiration. Since 2007, winemaker and owner Sean Boyd's goal has been to make traditional Rh�ne blends in Washington State. Boyd's winemaking philosophy is simple- combine old world winemaking techniques with the highest quality Rh�ne varietals that Washington has to offer. Boyd sources from some of the best and oldest vineyards in the state in an effort to showcase the most elegant blend possible, while ensuring the typicity of the fruit is expressed.Each year a new vintage of the Northern and Southern red and white blends is released, bringing different attributes of the growing season to the table. The Northern Blend is a savory companion to the Southern Blend, a rounded trifecta of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourv�dre. Rotie's whites are crisp, bright, and the perfect pairing to fresh seafood. On truly exceptional years, a vintage of varietal wines may be released, such as Grenache and Mourv�dre. Rotie's program is small and focused, and production limited. Each lot is individually attended to, allowing for an uncompromising approach to quality.
Vinous 91pts (2012) - Healthy dark red. Shy aromas of musky redcurrant, cocoa powder and flint, lifted by rose petal and black pepper. Then surprisingly supple and creamy on the palate, offering a seamless blend of dark fruits, earth and smoky minerals. Finishes firm and sweet, with suave tannins and good grip and length.