1996 Auguste Clape - Cornas 750ml

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WS 96   IWC 88(+?)   WA 88   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

Impressively complex, mingling wonderful fruit and spice accents with black pepper, tar, cassis and olive. Dark and brooding, this full-bodied Northern Rhone red is amazingly ripe, sweet-tasting, seductive -- just plain delicious. So balanced, it's tempting now, but it will keep for years.

Drink Dates: 1998-2015
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88(+?)

Good fresh ruby-red. Pure but reticent aromas of dark berries and leather. Intense blackberry and floral flavors show an almost medicinal note of menthol. Strong acids leave it quite tightly wrapped. But finishes with very good length, and subtle, ripe fruit. A relatively low-pH wine for Clape, and in need of at least a few years of bottle aging. This should develop slowly, but it will never show the texture of the '97.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 82

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

The deep ruby/purple-colored 1996 Cornas offers beautiful aromatics of jammy plums, blackberries, and cassis. The wine is excellent in the mouth, spicy, and medium to full-bodied, with exuberant, zesty acidity, and unobtrusive yet firm tannin. From a cooler year, this well-made wine is ideal for drinking now and over the next 12-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2014+
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 121

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Peter B
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/12/2011
Drink Dates:
Good to ok.

Rating: 93
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/02/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Nicely concentrated Cornas with a lot left. Can sit awhile longer and will improve. Ripe core of dark berry and blue berry. Notes of bacon fat, earth, leather and chalk add to the pleasing complexity. Still grip to the tannins. Opens up and softens with time in the glass. Delicious!

Rating: 92
Author: ekinocs
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 10/19/2010
Perfect balance of fruit and acidity, at a mature point in its life. Excellent bottle

Average rating: 91, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

183 bottles owned by 68 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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