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2008 Auguste Clape Cornas

SKU #1070451 93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dense, with a impressive tannic coating to the chestnut, tobacco, pastis, mulled currant and blackberry fruit flavors. There's a smoldering charcoal note on the finish, with the grip nicely integrated. You'd never guess this as a 2008. A terrific effort for the vintage. (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep ruby. A complex bouquet offers raspberry, cherry pit, violet and spice cake, with an intense mineral quality. Deeper, darker fruits on the palate, along with suggestions of allspice and licorice pastille. Shows fine-grained tannins and tangy mineral spine, with a suave blend of richness and vivacity. The very persistent finish is taut and focused, with lingering licorice and spice nuances. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2011)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Any wine following these two behemoths is in a tough spot, but Clape’s 2008 Cornas showed beautifully, with pretty pepper, green olive, earthy underbrush and plenty of black and red fruit characteristics all emerging from the glass. Medium-bodied, elegant and layered, it’s a classy drink that will have a decade or so of overall longevity. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2014)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2011 | Send Email
You pay for The Real Deal, you get The Real Deal. If you are reading this, then allow me to assure you that this is a singular expression of syrah. INTENSE dark fruit aromas are also complete and satisfying, very subtly pungent with a hint of menthol towards the back. Fruit and a spicy savor combine with fine, tight knit tannins to make this wine a nicely balanced young Cornas, likely to be much better in a few years and at its best in 8-10.

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