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Rotie Cellars, Southern Blend 2012
Grenache 70%, Syrah 15%, Mourvedre 15%
The bright and balanced Grenache leads to this classic Southern Rhone, this wine smells of white pepper, black currant, and raspberry. Being Grenache dominant, bright red fruits with rhubarb and cranberry prevail on the mid-palate., following through to anise and pepper in a long, smooth finish.
Grapes for the Southern Blend come primarily from the rugged southern slopes of Horse Heaven Hills. Sandy soils, high winds whipping off the Columbia River, and 40 degree diurnal temperature shifts make this arguably the best spot in Washington state for Grenache and Mourvedre. Grenache, like Cabernet Sauvignon, needs consistent heat and cool nights to ripen. Our favorite sites are the South facing slopes of Horse Heaven Hills, The Gorge and Snipes Mountain. Which feature sandy soils adding minerality, and high winds which increase skin density and produce beautiful tannins. Cool nights helps temper these tannins and keep the grapes from exploding with sugar.
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 92pts (2012) - Medium red. Very ripe aromas and flavors of raspberry liqueur, red cherry and game accented by crushed wild herbs. Suave and seamless, offering a sweeter, more southern impression to the mid-palate. A very successful blend with a lot of personality. Really echoes on the sweet, long, ripely tannic, somewhat warm finish, which will require a year of aging to round into form.