Coming across as modern in style, Durand's 2010 Cornas exhibits gobs of dark fruit with sweet tannins. Classic Northern Rhone animal funk is detectable on the nose, but it easily gets buried in wine’s rich fruitiness. This young Cornas shows freshness that is elevated by its pine tree forest note. Many solid underlying elements are apparent, yet they don't mold together in harmony, perhaps due to the young age of the wine or the warm weather, so the judgment is reserved for now. My next bottle may turn out to be 91-93 points quality, but I will not bet on it for at least three years.
This is the first opened of six that I purchased. Just beginning to come into its own, this is a big, concentrated Syrah with great complexity and a spicy finish. I'm looking forward to watching its development with the other five bottles.
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(Domaine Durand Cornas Premices) Very dark purple red violet color; reduction, tart black fruit, tar nose; tight, tart blackberry, tart black fruit, reduction palate; needs 3-plus years; medium-plus finish
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