Domaine-de-Verquière Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau 2012
Wine AdvocateAlready in bottle, the 2012 Rasteau R&T is a step up over the 2011. A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah that spent 6 months in a combination of concrete and older barrel, it offers up copious leafy herbs, violets, blackcurrant, licorice and mint to go with medium-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Showing considerable polish and elegance, it will have 7-8 years or prime drinking.
Wine SpectatorQuite ripe, with crushed plum and blackberry coulis flavors, framed by silky tannins and backed by lingering anise and lavender notes. A graphite hint keeps this rich style honest. Drink now. 200 cases imported.