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2001 Domaine Noel Verset Cornas

Capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; label condition issue

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

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Offering smoky blackberry and cherry aromas, its complicated by suggestions of violet, olive paste, black pepper, bacon fat and candied licorice that emerge slowly. Broad and sweet on entry, then firmer on the mid-palate...offers sappy black raspberry and bitter chocolate flavors and a sexy floral pastille flourish on the back half. The floral quality carries through a strikingly long, surprisingly tannic finish, which echoes the berry note.

89-92Stephen Tanzer

Sweet, dense, rich and serious, with sappy, sauvage black fruit and spice flavors. A mouthfilling Cornas of considerable power.


France, Rhône Valley, Northern Rhône, Cornas

The Northern Rhône Valley wine region hugs the Rhône River from Vienne in the north to Valence at its southern tip. The French call the region Côtes du Rhône Septentrionales, and it is divided into eight appellations. Along with its neighbor to the south, the Southern Rhone Valley, it is famous for its big, tannic, intensely concentrated wines. Syrah is the only red grape permitted in AOC wines from this sub-region, though the Syrah can be blended with the white wine grapes Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne, depending on the regulations for each AOC. White wines are made from Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. Of the eight appellations in the north, the most admired wines tend to come from Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Hermitage, though there are certainly exceptional wines to be found in St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, St.-Peray, Crozes-Hermitage and Cornas. Along with Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, Rhône wines are among France’s best known and most collected wines. Red wines from these appellations are notable for their signature aromas of bacon and green olives, and for their depth. Robert M. Parker, a great champion of Rhone wines, has written that “the northern Rhône produces three of the greatest wines in the world – the white wines of Condrieu and the red wines of Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage.”


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.