2007 Vincent Paris "Granit 60" Cornas (Previously $50)

SKU #1045638

91-93+ points Robert Parker: "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." (04/09) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "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..." (Jan/Feb 10) 92 points Wine Spectator: "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. Drink now through 2019." (09/09) 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 2010-2018 with roasted pork loin and sage.

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/3/2010  | Send Email
If you are adding to your wine collection for the future, and like Syrah, this should not be missed. This is a very serious Northern Rhone wine, and with time and good storage it will evolve into a fine wine capable of showing well next to bottles many times its humble price. The Granit 60 has a dynamite nose of white pepper and ripe blueberry fruit, is very concentrated without being the slightest bit sweet, and it finishes with a tangy, almost salty length that is inimitably Cornas. Take advantage of this great deal - you will not be disappointed!
Drink from 2010 to 2020

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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.