This wine was tasted in double-blind fashion at Vintage Wines, Ltd. The bottle was kindly provided by John Pollack. Opaque purple, with a moderately intense nose of ripe plums, blackberries and garrigue. Full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity and big rustic tannins. The flavors mirror the nose and become somewhat obscured by the slightly hot alcohol. The middle palate is full and the medium-length finish ends with some astringency. This wine, tasted blind, completely fooled me. I was quite certain that there was a component of Grenache and therefore guessed that it was a Southern Rhone (specifically Gigondas). A year or two in the bottle may help to soften the tannins. Drink 1/13-12/18.
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(Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas Renaissance) Dark red violet color; green herb, oak, charcoal nose with a touch of brett; tight, tart black fruit, herb, mineral palate with medium acidity and lots of grip; long finish 93+ pts.
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