Cornas Fest (Shane's abode, Portland OR): Nose: There is a real minerality to the nose with crushed rocks striking right off the bat along with tones of dark red fruits, olives, black fruits, leather, and some dark red cherries.
Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium+ acidity and good silky tannins. There are really nice and classy tones of crushed rocks, olives, black fruits, and dark red cherries as well.
Overall: This is a real classy Cornas. It's clearly on the younger side, but it's drinking very well right now. It could use a couple more years, but one can't be faulted for opening it now.
Cornas tasting (Shane's house): Soft fruit on the aromas, with an interesting raw shell fish component that was unexpected. The palate is juicy and delicious, on a voluptuous frame. Really nice and pretty and despite the large tannins it's balanced and elegant. The finish is more tight still, but at the same time has a beautiful presence. Even 20 seconds after I swallow the wine seems to be caressing my palate in a very pleasing way. Impressive. This was much more enjoyable than expected.
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