2012 Cote Rotie "Le Gallet Blanc"Rhone Valley France
Domaine Francois Villard is situated in the absurdly steep hillsides of the Northern Rhone Valley in terraces created by the Romans,so steep that harvesting grapes by hand is the only option open to winemakers. The soil is composed of small gravel and decomposed schist over a bedrock of granite that provides excellent water drainage. Formerly a chef, Francois brings his complex palette to the winery to produce wines of power and grace that can age for years. Robert Parker has referred to Francois as one of the "stars" of the Northern Rhone.
This dark Syrah with a dollop of Viognier (1%) offers aromas of spicy red berries with a light dusting of rose and violet along with rich flavors of blackberry and red fruit. Best from 2015 through 2025. 92 points Wine Spectator. 13% ABV PYW