This is reference-quality, head-spinning Cornas and one of the better wines I've had, period. This poured a beautiful translucent ruby from a pristine bottle, and I knew it was going to be sensational from moment one. The super-expressive nose shows the purest aromas of red berries, iron, and smoke with just a hint of its three decades of development. The palate is of the same character -- a suave, middleweight version of Syrah, but with bold fruit, cavernous depth, and emerging tertiary notes. The palate is still all about the pure fruit, although subtle savory/meaty notes, a noticeable mineral component, and dried herbs and fruits add complexity. Although the balance is impeccable, there are a few sharp edges -- some rusticity -- but that only adds to the experience. If there's a nit, it's that this could use a touch more mid-palate intensity, but that sort of hair-splitting is not terribly useful when the wine is this good. This wine remains very fresh, is in zero danger of fading, and may yet improve.
Some brett, but still an awesome bottle of wine. Great Old World Syrah. On the nose, some smoke, lots of bacon fat. On the palate,white pepper sour cherry and other tart red fruit. Excellent mid palate and great finish. Very elegant. Still quite masculine. The 1982 Clape Cornas had a feminine sheen to it but none of that here. The wine is still going strong and I'd say it has at least five more years left. Cornas rocks. A Kermit Lynch/Chalone import.
About as good as Cornas gets. Lots of fruit, fully mature, a little VA that gives it lift, and that wonderful mix of decayed fruit and ripe fruit that signals a truly outstanding and mature wine. Very long and complete. Won't get better from here but this is a pretty good place to be.
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(NoŽl Verset Cornas) Group's #5 (my #4) – 80 pts.; 1, 3, 0, 2 – medium red color with clear meniscus; lovely lavender, sage nose, most floral of the vertical; tasty, tart red fruit, herbs, white pepper and lavender palate; short-medium finish 91+ pts.