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International Wine Cellar
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 173
Dark purple. Powerful, mineral-tinged aromas of black and blue fruits, potpourri and olive. Chewy, tightly focused cassis and blueberry flavors show a refreshingly bitter edge and become smokier with air. Quite rich but boasts excellent energy thanks to its bright minerality. Finishes sappy and very long, with sneaky tannins and a lingering violet note.
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Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Moving to the current releases that are in bottle, the 2011 Cornas belies the vintage's forward, mid-weight stereotype with its massive, deep and layer profile. Possessing brilliant minerality, as well as notions of dry aged beef, cracked pepper, forest floor and sweet black currants, this full-bodied beauty has a stacked mid-palate, big structure and masses of sweet tannin on the finish. The minerality is really something here and this is reminiscent of filling your mouth with granite pebbles. It's a resounding success in the vintage and will deliver the goods for upwards of two decades.
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