2013 Mas Karolina Côtes du Roussillon Villages

SKU #1234535 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A terrific value, the 2013 Cotes du Roussillon Villages (40% Grenache and 30% each of Syrah and Carignan) shows the purity and freshness of the vintage and offers medium-bodied, lively notes of violets, purple fruits and leather. There’s plenty of classic Carignan feel here, and this inky colored, lively 2013 should drink nicely for at least 4-5 years. (JD)  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

Mas Karolina is the project of Caroline Bonville, cousin of Olivier Bonville, proprietor of one of our favorite Champagne houses Franck Bonville. Caroline originally hails from Bordeaux where much of her family still resides. Looking for her own property, she settled in the village of Maury located in the Roussillon. There, her restrained sensibilities are making some of the most pristine, clean and balanced wines in the region. A blend of Grenache Noir, Syrah, and Carignan, with intense and ripe aromatics of cherry, licorice, coconut, and chocolate. The tannins are smooth and round, but this is a racy wine, so decanting is recommended.

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2016 | Send Email
A dark crimson color greets you, followed by an attractive floral notes of violets along with cassis and plums, mingled with earthy and leather spices. The dance between the lushness of the ripe fruit and the juicy acidity makes it quite a pleasure to drink this wine now. Very versatile in terms of pairing with food. From steaks to chilies, sausages to roast chicken. It will also complement nicely a more bold cuisine, such as Basque, Portuguese, Spanish and of course southern French.

By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2016 | Send Email
Karolina is my girl! Always has been, and always will be. Never replaced, could she be, except for the even better 2013 vintage! What has another year given this beauty? Immaculate structure. A perfect expression of black raspberry balanced beautifully with subtle pepper and spice. My eternal love has been renewed!

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Languedoc-Roussillon