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2013 Auguste Clape Cornas

SKU #1229189 96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dark and brooding, this has a deep well of black currant, fig and bitter plum fruit in reserve, shrouded for now in smoldering charcoal, bay leaf and alder notes. Tapenade and tar details hang in the background. Offers a steel beam of a finish. Tuck this away in the back corner of your cellar. Best from 2020 through 2035. Inner quote mark (8/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Probably the wine of the vintage is Clape’s 2013 Cornas. Coming from some of the prime terroirs in this incredible appellation, it’s always 100% Syrah (Cornas is always 100% Syrah) that saw no destemming and spent 22 months in mostly ancient foudre. This wine offers up classic Clape notes of beef blood, cold steel, liquid rock, pepper and saddle leather (there’s fruit in there as well) to go with a medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, rich, textured 2013 that has an awesome mid-palate, ripe tannin and clean, lengthy finish. It won’t be as long lived as some of the more blockbuster-styled years, but it will dish out incredible pleasure over the coming 10-15 years. (JD) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Glass-staining ruby. Spicy, highly perfumed cassis, boysenberry, incense, smoky bacon and mineral scents show excellent clarity. Densely packed, fresh and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated flavors of fresh black and blue fruits and floral pastilles. Shows an alluring sweetness on the extremely persistent finish, which features harmonious tannins and a strong echo of smoky minerality. (JR) Inner quote mark (3/2016)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Plum and boysenberry character with lighter strawberry and raspberry fruits. Some olive tapenade and plenty of graphite and dark, stony notes. The palate has a juicy texture with bright acidity, fine long tannins and flavors that run into the dark-berry, licorice and sarsaparilla zone. Inner quote mark (10/2016)

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