2011 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône
A mouthfilling core of plum sauce and blackberry paste is backed by charcoal and anise on the finish. Solid, direct, pure and driven. Drink now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The red Saint-Cosme offerings include the 2011 Cotes du Rhone, which is mostly Syrah that is completely destemmed and aged in tank. This inky/purple-tinged, full-bodied, dense red exhibits smoky, meaty, blackberry notes (even though no oak is used).
This comes from the negociant-vigneron branch of the Saint Cosme portfolio, which winemaker Louis Barroul added in 1997. The only difference, though, between this and the Château Saint Cosme wines is that the fruit here doesn't come from the estate in Gigondas. Instead, this all-Syrah Côtes du Rhône comes from fruit grown in Vinsobres and Villafranchiennes Terraces. The former's freshness and complexity balances the latter's power and generosity. Full-bodied, with notes of black currant, blackberry, violet, anise and Chinese five spice, this has the texture and structure to age, but is immediately approachable now. Charming. Quoting Robert Parker: "Louis Barruol has been at the top of his game since the late 1990s, and over the last few vintages, he has been making some of the finest wines in the southern Rhone as well as France. The glories here are Barruol's single vineyard/special cuvees of Gigondas, but consumers should not overlook the terrific value offered by his Cotes du Rhones." (10/2012) 14% abv.