A Week in Osoyoos; 7/5/2014-7/11/2014 (Osoyoos, BC): Drank alongside the '95 Clape. Shyer nose at first but once this opened up (about an hour after opening) it was outstanding. Beautifully complex nose, with all the same classic notes as the Clape (meat, black olives, leather) but with an extra gear of complexity. Beautifully rustic yet not a hair out of place really. Both this and the Clape have very nice acidity and somewhat firm tannins and both (especially the Verset) have the fruit and structure to go another 5-10 years. A brilliant wine.
This is still a wild child but nevertheless a compelling and thrilling wine. It is meaty, carnal, feral and rustic, and had a marvellously latrinal attack. Eventually beefy, bovril notes begin to take over. This still has its best years ahead with a stern tannic spine. But it already is an enthralling, old school bottle of Cornas.
Compared to the '90, this wine exhibits more of the wild, sauvage notes typically found in Cornas. Drank alongside '90 and '98 Verset, the former more classy and polished and the latter a tad too young. 95 is a lovely wine, agricultural and rustic, leathery with subtle notes of Bovril. Jury is out on the as to whether '95 has the potential to evolve into the almost Burgundian '90.
I followed this over the entire evening and it took some time for this wine to open up. This is is certainly less polished than the 1990 and 1998, wild, funky, stinky, earthy as it is. A great, rugged wine that is still very young will live for years to come. A treat. At Bruno Loubet in London with Asher, Nicos, Ian and Maureen.
Dark red color. Initially presented a badly corked aroma but that changed. A guest directed us to pour the wine into a carafe stuffed with cling film. After a swirl in the container and a 15 minute rest, the wine was poured back into a clean vessel. Voila ! A transformation, unlike anything I've experienced before with badly affected wines. The wine then opened slowly into a powerful, tannic and complex aroma. Meaty and game-y and brine-y, with signature olives and menthol. Wonderful, following treatment. Bottle #10 of twelve.
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(NoŽl Verset Cornas) Group's #1 (my #3) – 63 pts; 5 firsts, 1 second, 2 thirds, 0 last places – medium garnet red color; intriguing, unique, slightly gamey, tart plum, graphite and savory nose; tart red fruit, tomato sauce, smoke, sage and charcoal palate with sweet but firm tannins; medium finish
(Noel Verset Cornas) This is dense, dark, almost opaque wine, although it pales a little at the rim. The nose here is unusual - it is intensely fruity, full of blackcurrant jam. The palate is full-textured, and has piles and piles of tannic structure. Real power here. This is quite intense. Needs five to seven years at least.
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