2012 Vincent Paris "La Geynale" Cornas (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The most backward, dense and structured, the 2012 Cornas La Geynale, which was fermented with 100% whole cluster and aged 18 months in old oak, possesses an inky purple color to go with massive aromas and flavors of blackberry, blueberry, pen ink, liquid violets and searing minerality. Offering up a muscular, full-bodied, chewy and tannic profile on the palate, with stunning purity, this serious effort needs to be forgotten for 5-6 years, and will have over two decades of ultimate longevity. An up and coming superstar of Cornas, Vincent Paris manages his roughly 20-acre estate to produce three Cornas; the Granit 30, which comes from younger vines located lower on the slope, in the lieu-dit Mazards; the Granite 60, which includes the older vines of the estate (and comes from steeper, higher elevation slopes); and the La Geynale, which comes from a single plot of 100-year-old vines located mostly in the Renard lieu-dit (it is also the only wine to not see any destemming). With regards to the Granit 30 and Granit 60, the number refers to the slope of the hill where the vines are planted, not the age of the vines. While 2011 and 2012 produced a bevy of more forward, moderately concentrated wines, both of these 2011s and 2012s buck that trend and offer serious depth and richness. They’re some of the top wines in the appellation and readers need to get on this young vigneron’s bandwagon! (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky purple. A complex bouquet evokes ripe blackberry, cherry-cola, smoky Indian spices and potpourri. Deeply pitched, intense dark berry and cherry compote flavors are joined by sexy floral pastille and spicecake nuances and a touch of zesty minerality. Shows impressive structure but there's nice give here as well. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to the long, smoke-tinged finish, which leaves notes of dark berries, violet and cola behind.