75cl * 13% * Northern Rhone, France
Cornas was once regarded as the most stubborn wine in the cellar: traditionally, it could take a decade or more for the tannins to soften and for the wine to show its true character. But modern styles are made with such an inherent ability to please that they can be enjoyed after only a few years in bottle.
Drinking Window: Now - 2042
"The Cornas of the vintage is Clape's 2012 Cornas. An incredible effort, its inky purple/black color is followed by spectacular aromas and flavors of black raspberry, graphite, beef blood, iron, cedar and white pepper (among other things). This is Cornas at its finest, with insane aromatics, full-bodied richness and massive concentration, yet at the same time staying elegant, seamless and gorgeously pure. It's more approachable than the 2010, but should still need 3-4 years of cellaring and have two decades of longevity." 98 points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (216), December 2014