One of the highlights of Cote-Rotie every vintage since its inception a few years back, the Olea from Jasmin is a superb bottle, and 2018 is the new vintage that was just released. A special Cuvee for Patrick, who, for a long time, blended all his barrels into one Cote-Rotie. Olea is a selection of his best barrels for the year. Jasmin vinifies all 8 of his parcels separately, all planted to 95% Syrah and co-planted with 5% Viognier, which happens to be the blend for all his wines. Jasmin uses an ancient varietal of Syrah called 'La Vieille Sérine,' planted in most of his vineyards, providing more complex aromatics. The Olea is a noticeably more serious bottle and is a broad jump in quality from the regular Cote-Rotie. Olea hangs in there with the best of the big names of Cote-Rotie, like Jamet and Guigal, and it is the most difficult to find Cuvees from the Northern Rhone right now. 2018 is an excellent vintage for the Northern Rhone and are powerful wines with intense dark fruit and, in this case, incredibly structured. This is another fantastic rendition of this wine and one of the ultimate bottles for the Rhone drinker and an extremely rare find. A nice note below from Joe Czerwinski, and we have the only bottles of this wine from any vintage available in the USA.
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 94-96 pts! "The 2018 Cote Rotie Olea is a step up from the 2016, artfully combining awesome aromas of violets and woodsmoke with layers of luscious dark fruit. It's full-bodied and silky yet with enough structure to potentially age a couple of decades."