The Northern Rhone

2015 Clusel Roch Cote Rotie Vialliere

The Northern half of the Rhone river valley, stretching from just south of Lyon down to St Peray south of Hermitage, is the home of Syrah, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier. The relatively cooler continental climate coupled with the steep stony slopes of its noblest appellations offer a complexity and savoriness that is not found in any other Syrah based growing area in the world. Its white wines also offer unrivaled quality and singular character. Its most celebrated appellations: Cote Rotie, Hermitage, St Joseph, Condrieu, and Cornas.

Price: $89.00

The Viallière is one off the two "Grand cru" sites farmed by the Clusels, although the Viallière is sort of underappreciated/under hyped. For the single parcel cru identity and "as good as it gets" hunter, this is your stop. Get what you can......
"Opaque ruby. Expansive aromas of ripe blueberry, blackberry, incense and candied flowers are sharpened by cracked pepper and mineral flourishes. Sweet, seamless and concentrated in style, offering intense dark fruit liqueur and spicecake flavors and suggestions of licorice and olive that build with air. Lush and broad, in the style of the vintage, but there's very good structure here as well. Sneaky tannins shape the plush dark fruit on the extremely long, juicy finish." 93-95 Josh Raynolds

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The Viallière is one off the two “Grand cru” sites farmed by the Clusels, although the Viallière is sort of underappreciated/under hyped. For the single parcel cru identity and “as good as it gets” hunter, this is your stop. Get what you can……
“Opaque ruby. Expansive aromas of ripe blueberry, blackberry, incense and candied flowers are sharpened by cracked pepper and mineral flourishes. Sweet, seamless and concentrated in style, offering intense dark fruit liqueur and spicecake flavors and suggestions of licorice and olive that build with air. Lush and broad, in the style of the vintage, but there’s very good structure here as well. Sneaky tannins shape the plush dark fruit on the extremely long, juicy finish.” 93-95 Josh Raynolds