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I feel this is the most feminine (if not the most concentrated) vintage of "petite rousse" ever produced. poetically speaking, the 2006 clos mimi "petite rousse" reminds me of walking into an open-air flower market in the springtime in paris. thanks to its refined perfume of fresh flowers (mandarin and orange blossom, grasse jasmine, may rose, water lily), red fruits (strawberries, cherries, currants, licorice) and chinese spices (cinnamon, cloves, coriander, star anise, black pepper, pink pepper) the 2006 clos mimi "petite rousse" smells more like a $95 "parfum" from chanel than a $25 "appellation paso robles" from clos mimi [the enchanting redhead below is nicole kidman]. as a result of endless hours of puccini's "la bohème" serenading the wine in the cellar, each bottle has been infused with 19th century parisian romance. speaking of mimi and rodolfo, a cold apartment in the latin quarter, a little wine and a little moonlight on christmas eve of 1830...
Wine AdvocateA lovely interpretation of a Paso Robles-styled French Crozes-Hermitage, Clos Mimi-s 2006 Petite Rousse Syrah exhibits intense raspberry, black cherry, and currant fruit interwoven with licorice and meaty/animal-like notes. With medium to full body, silky tannin, and a broad, savory mouthfeel, this provocative red should drink well for 3-5 years.