Cornas "Granit 30", Vincent Paris
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Cornas "Granit 30", Vincent Paris - 2022

Item # 15649 750mL

This Cornas Granit 30 designation refers to the soil, the approximate age of the vines, and the slope on which they are planted. This wine is friendly in its youth with a good decanting for air.

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A sublime Cornas from farmer and wine maker Vincent Paris. He's dedicated to working steep vineyards inherited from his grandfather. The vines are gnarled, old bushes (some are 90 years old) with a nice view over the town of Cornas. The "30" on the label is in reference to the gradient of the slope of the vineyard (he also produces a "60" from a steeper angle). This is considered to be the more "accessible" of the two, meaning it drinks well young. I'd also describe it as seductive because of how effortlessly it draws you in. The hue is an opaque, deep ruby. Aromas are a cloud of camphor, black pepper, lillies, gravel, roasted plums, smoked meat. It leads with pure dark fruit with a smoky mid-palate, and a savory, mineral finish. The tannins have a gentle grip. Prime northern Rhône Syrah with just enough force to reel you in.

- TD



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