2007 Domaine Vincent Paris "Granit 60" Cornas (Previously $50)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More crushed rock, graphite, and scorched earth notes as well as additional structure and tannin are evident in the inky/purple-tinged 2007 Cornas Granite 60 Vieilles Vignes. This dense, full-bodied effort reveals moderately sweet tannin and decent acidity. It should be drinkable in 2-3 years, and keep for 15 years. These impressive, quasi-modern-styled Cornas reveal the influence of barrique aging, but there is no doubting their savage blast of blue and black fruits as well as spring flowers. In 2007, Paris has added a third cuvee from one of the most highly respected vineyard sites high on the steep hills of Cornas, La Geynale. 91-93+ (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby. Deeper and more pungent than the Granit 30, displaying scents of blackberry, cassis, violet, olive and smoky minerals. Broad, palate-coating dark berry liqueur flavors are complicated by notes of smoky herbs and floral pastilles, with chewy tannins adding grip. A note of candied licorice lingers on the long, sappy, subtly smoky finish. This couldn't be more different from the feminine, pinot-like Granit 30. (JR)
Superfresh and very driven, with iron and sanguine notes rippling through the silky layers of blackberry and black cherry. Tangy olive and tobacco notes chime in on the lengthy finish. There's latent depth to this. (JM)
Quite a mix of fruit flavours - redcurrant, blackberry and game. Still quite subtle but already enticing. Dry and savoury on the palate, but round tannins make this approachable immediately. The range of flavours needs some bottle age to reach its best though. (RH)
The Granit 60 comes from, you guessed it, 60-plus-year-old-vines also grown on granite. This deeper and more intense Syrah is cask-raised for one year in two- to eight-year-old barrels. Although enjoyable now, with deeper more briary notes and thicker tannic structure than the Granit 30, it will best be enjoyed with several years of bottle age, as the wine fleshes out and gains additional complexity. Enjoy with roasted pork loin and sage.