2005 Domaine Durand "Empreintes" Cornas (Previously $34.99)

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90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Suave, potent creme de cassis and blackberry aromas lifted by baking spice accents and a strong vanilla note. Lush and creamy in texture and very sweet, with concentrated dark berry and black cherry flavors and late notes of gingerbread and mocha. The fresh, juicy finish features velvety tannins and excellent length." (Jan/Feb 07) 91 points Wine Spectator: "There's solid grip, but this manages to stay elegant, with a range of dark currant, tobacco, olive and sage notes followed by a meaty edge on the finish. The latent richness begs for a cassoulet. Best from 2009 through 2015." (03/08) 90 points Robert Parker: "The 2005 Cornas Empreintes possesses good density and power as well as high tannin, sweet cherry and blackberry fruit, and hints of coffee, bay leaves, and crushed rocks. It will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring, and drink well for 10-12 years." (02/08) 17+ Jancis Robinson: "Healthy evolved ruby. Sweet and heady and utterly pleasurable already with quite a lot of development. Lovely balance – super-easy to drink, Great texture and balance. It’s very ripe, almost roasted Syrah with a dry finish but it’s so ripe that it slightly reminds me of a non European Syrah. The finish is French, dry and appetising however. Not obviously hot or alcoholic at all. Bravo!" 13.5%abv.

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/25/2009  | Send Email
This is classic Northern Rhone wine: lots of crushed black pepper aromas with a palate that is structured with tannin and leather. The wines of Cornas are considered to be some of the best deals in the Northern Rhone and this one is no different. It should be twice it's price as it is just as good as most Cote Rotie offerings I have recently tasted.

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/19/2008  | Send Email
100% syrah never tasted so classically French. Loads of dark fruit and white pepper. Fresh loam and floral notes. This is dense, rich syrah for an outstanding price.

 By: KLF |  Review Date: 5/18/2009 
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At 24.99, I wonder if there is a better '05 Cornas for the money out there at the moment. I paired this one with short ribs and served to a party of 20. It rocked the house. My only suggestions: decant an hour before drinking now. I've got 4 bottles left and I'm going to TRY (!) to let them age another 3 years...which is when I think the leathery and peppery notes will shine brighter...just a guess...

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.