Syrah seemingly in the zeitgeist right now so I picked up this 2011 Coulet. Wow - it's so different than the Cote Rotie I just had. I know syrah can run the gamut but this is radically different. Biodynamic, low so2, neutral oak & concrete. Not really Vin de Garde; Not really Vin de Soif...
So what then? Certainly intense. Plum & liqueur-like raspberry notes that are both in-your-face "sexy" & "scary" at the same time. Even more prevalent than the fruit are the aromas of menthol, acetate, & iron. Nearly akin to robitussin - & I mean that in the best way possible. It's weirdly delicious & syrah freaks will get it.
Unfortunately, the regular consumer might find it to be too much. The slight volatility is both good & bad. It dials up the fruit's sweetness, giving the wine body & texture. But also amps up the medicinal quality. This is not a wine to guzzle & ignore. Admirably, not subtle.
Coincidentally this wine reminds me Pax - who is getting a lot of attention right now & rightfully so. I have't tried the new 100 point Hillside bottle yet (though I have one ready), but I've always been a huge fan of his wines for a long time. My favorite site he works with is Griffins Lair & I believe I've tasted every vintage of it going back to 2002. Those original vintages are bigger & riper (which I still love & fuck you hipsters for not), but even back then Pax never used superfluous new oak, sulfites, yeasts etc.. Yes, they were broad shouldered wines but they were pure & unmasked - like this Cornas. Some of the early 2000s Griffins Lair had a slight volitility that came across as kirsch sweetness. It's an interesting balance that punctuates the varietal character perfectly - & it demands your attention while doing it.
This Cornas is not some delicate wine that somms gush over; nor is it a slick, parkerized wine without sense of place. It's something else. A wine for the true syrah aficianado. The audience is small but those who can appreciate it, will appreciate it. If you like weirdness, intensity, complexity & the flavors to scream at you from the glass, this is your wine.
#cornas #syrah #coulet #biodynamic #pax #coterotie #rhone #northernrhone #rhonevalley — a year ago
If you're happy and you know it #clape your hands!
2007 August Clape Cornas
A little disappointed here...2007 I think overwhelms the wine with the ripe aspect of the warm vintage growing season. Instead of great it's pretty good. Maybe time will mellow it some into more equalibrium, but really it already seems to be mellowing as the structure is firm, though fine grained. Its like being at a really nice dinner and everything is great except for the one schmuck talking too loud and too much. The aroma is peppery, with currants and cassis, some purple floral notes, and a few hints of charcoal and stones. Pure, deftly balanced and fresh, I think it's just lacking some precision and focus. #cornas #syrah — 4 years ago
I love the nose. Just the right volatile acidity, cracked pepper and mortadella. On the palate, again very bright acidity and red raspberries. Medium finish. For me, my personal opinion, good, but not worth all the hype. #cornas #allemand #syrah #rhone — 3 years ago