2001 Tardieu Laurent Côte-Rotie (Pre-Arrival)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, woodsmoke, pepper, minerals and baking spices. Big, silky and expansive; offers a quintessential, though all-too-rare, combination of sappiness, vibrancy and sheer clarity of flavor. A wine of impressive extract: saline, peppery and strongly mineral. Finishes with superb precision, perfume and peppery persistence. A dead person could identify this as Cote-Rotie.
Medium pale garnet. Smoky oak, slightly reduced and a little bit spirity suggesting insufficient fruit concentration for the weight of oak influence. Perfumed mid palate and a little drying on the finish. Unnecessarily heavy bottle.