Rotem & Mounir Saouma Arioso 2011
|Brand||Rotem & Mounir Saouma|
Wine SpectatorLightly mulled raspberry, bergamot, persimmon and black cherry fruit flavors are seamlessly stitched together, with hints of black tea, cinnamon and sous-bois filling in the background. Graceful overall, but with ample anise- and ganache-edged grip that is well-embedded through the finish. This should unfurl beautifully in the cellar. A thoroughly captivating wine. Best from 2017 through 2035. 315 cases made.
Wine AdvocateLooking like a step up over the '12, the 2011 ChÃÂ¢teauneuf du Pape Arioso is 100% Grenache, all from the Pignan lieu-dit and vines planted in 1942, which will spend about 60 months in demi-muid prior to bottling. Despite this crazy long elevage, it stays fresh and lively, with a rich, rounded and creamy texture that carries loads of black cherry, black raspberry, spiced meat and crushed-flower-like aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, ripe and yet also elegant, it will have 10-15 years of longevity.