2009 Domaine du Tunnel (Stéphane Robert) Cornas

SKU #1245444 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A serious Cornas that exudes minerality and earthy characteristics, the 2009 Domaine du Tunnel (Stéphane Robert) Cornas boasts stunning, pure aromas of blackberry, violets, charred meat, and Asian spice on the nose. Gorgeously put together and showing a perfect blend of fruit, freshness, and structure, this seamless, balanced Cornas needs 2-3 years of bottle age to gain additional complexity, and should have 15+ years of longevity. (JebDunnuck.com)  (3/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Cornas exhibits a black/purple color along with aromas of blackberries, creme de cassis, licorice, espresso roast, forest floor and hints of new saddle leather as well as crushed rocks. This velvety textured, full Cornas can be drunk now or cellared for 15 years. (RP)  (12/2011)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark purple. Smoky dark berry and cherry compote aromas, with hints of licorice, olive and black pepper. Deeply pitched blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth and are lifted by tangy acidity. Dense but not heavy, with very good finishing clarity and spicy cut. (JR)  (2/2011)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Berry Brothers’ Rhone tasting in London. The 2009 Cornas has a very pure ripe, black cherry, cassis and blueberry-scented bouquet with fine definition. The palate is full-bodied with a dry, masculine entry but there is certainly a lot of lovely dark broody fruit here and spellbinding symmetry towards the finish. Superb, but give this Cornas seven of eight-years in the cellar." (9/2011)

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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.
Sub-Region:

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.