The 2016 Cornas Domaine de Saint Pierre comes from a plot that's usually the last of the Jaboulet vineyards to be harvested. In some years, like 2013 and 2014, none is released. Back to the '16, it's a gorgeous, seductive Cornas, featuring hints of toasted almond that frame ripe cherries and vanilla. It's medium to full-bodied and velvety in texture to the point that some may question its modernity, but there's a lovely bit of bloody tang that creeps in on the finish, giving it a true feel of Cornas. (JC)
(aged in 20% new oak) Glass-staining purple. Blackberry, cola, smoky Indian spices and potpourri on the powerfully scented nose. Intense black and blue fruit and salty olive flavors are complicated by suggestions of candied violet and cracked pepper. Finishes impressively long and gently sweet, featuring building tannins and lingering blue fruit and spice character. (JR)
Leading off the reds, the 2016 Cornas Domaine De Saint Pierre comes from a lieu-dit at 400-feet in elevation (close to parcels of Voge) in the northern part of the appellation. This is cool terroir and due to its elevation, they weren't able to make this cuvée in 2013 and 2014. It sports a deep purple color and classic Cornas notes of black fruits, scorched earth, and charred meat, with distinct minerality. It has rock-solid ripeness, medium to full body, and ripe tannin, all making for a seriously impressive barrel sample.
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2016 Raymond Usseglio "Cuvée Impériale - Vignes Centenaires" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)