2009 Rene Rostaing Vin De Pays Les Lezardes
The 100% Syrah, 2009 Rene Rostaing Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes Les Lézardes is a perfect intro into the wines of the northern Rhône and delivers textbook Syrah aromas of smoked black fruits, cracked pepper, olive, spice, and leather on the nose. This medium+ bodied, balanced, elegant, yet upfront and approachable ’09 has loads of texture, excellent freshness and acidity, and enough structure to allow it age gracefully for 3-5 years. While this is all northern Rhône on the nose, there’s a roundness and suppleness on the palate that will allow it to appeal to a wide range of Syrah lovers.
- Jeb Dunnuck
--Jeb Dunnuck's The Rhone Report
|LA Times "Wine of the Week, July 21, 2012
By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
July 21, 2012
"René Rostaing is known for his stellar Côte-Rôtie, due in part to the old-vine vineyards he inherited from his father-in-law, Albert Dervieux-Thaize, and uncle Marius Gentaz-Dervieux.
While Côte-Rôtie by definition is expensive, Rostaing's "Les Lézardes" Syrah, made from old vines adjacent to Côte-Rôtie, offers great value. The grapes may not boast that heady appellation, but they deliver an enchanting Syrah. Unmistakably northern Rhone, the 2009 "Les Lézardes" is rich and spicy, tasting of wild plums and carrying the scent of sun-baked herbs from the steep hillsides.
On nights when you just feel like throwing some ribs or chops on the grill, this is the wine. It will give any casual meal a lift."
Fruit Source: Various parcels from the northern edge of Côte Rôtie.
Grapes: 100% Syrah
Avg. Yield: 35 hL/hA
Production: about 600 cases each
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