Yves Cuilleron Cote Rotie Terres Sombres 2005
Wine SpectatorThis is really packed, with dark plum, hoisin sauce, mocha, fig paste, mesquite and sweet tapenade notes, all carried by a dense graphite- and black licorice-filled finish. Shows the grip of the vintage. Best from 2010 through 2020.
Wine AdvocateThe 2005 Cote Rotie Terres Sombres has a denser ruby/purple color, more of the floral, black cherry, smoky character of Cote Rotie with some noticeable new oak. The wine offers good acidity, big, muscular, medium to full-bodied flavors, and a firm, structured finish. Give it 2-3 years, then keep your fingers crossed and hope all the tannins get absorbed. It should last for 12-15 more years.