Cornas Wine

Cornas is a major appellation in the northern Rhone. Only red Cornas is made. Cornas easily approaches Hermitage and Cote-Rotie in quality and finesse. It, too, has terraced, sun-roasted slopes planted to Syrah, and produces inky, powerful wines which prefer long aging. Of course, these inhumanly steep slopes are difficult to farm, so the appellation fell into decline in the early 20th century. In the 1980s, interest in these excellent wines returned, and now, it’s a source of some of the best value in the entire region.

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  • Alain Voge

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Cornas on Snooth

  • Of course, Emark.  Who can afford them?  That's the point I'm ... well known makers.  The Cornas was purchased opportunistically when the importers had sales (the Stephane Robert), thru discounters (the Alain Voge--which now sells for 2x what I paid) or from up and coming producers right before the scores hit (the Durands).  I think decent Corn... Read More

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  • Funny thing is most of us would probably bring a wine that OT ... a Bell, a Rockpile, and some Cornas that he doesn't already have, but the majority of my Syrah probably was bought with him or on his recommendation Read More

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  • Toward the high end I have a 2010 Jamet Cote Rotie, and a '10 Allemand Cornas ChaillotAlso some more '11 Gonon for St. Joseph.I'd be more interested in the N. Rhone program than CA, though there are some that would interest me. I have an '11 Carlisle James Berry I could produce, as well as a '12 Bedrock  Sonoma Coast. Others of interest figure t... Read More

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  • I love N. Rhone Syrah.  It's my favorite red wine in France.  But ... But ... (and to some degree Cornas) have a pretty fundamental character of savory, meaty wines with strong but refined tannic structure and dark fruits, violets, and pretty well defined secondary characteristics. Of course, there's always the question of who participates and... Read More

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  • NDDave, thread drift is inevitable here.  It's a miracle when it stays ... stays ... already covering Cornas, a few regions of Cali, and Cote Rotie.  Lamb cooked over fig wood (or plum--haven't quite decided) on the grill.&nbs Read More

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  • I could hardly keep all the wines straight.  Shouldn't have even tried ... of business winery), some Cornas and some Cote Rotie, so we have option Read More

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  • Cornas is the smallest at 90 hectares, about 240 acres vine plantings.  Hermitage is about 140 hectares (345 acres), Cote Rotie 224 hectares or 550 acres, C-H a massive (tongue in cheek) 1238 hectares (3000-ish acres), and St. Joseph 920 hectares (2275 or so acres). For reference, CdP alone has 3200 hectares under vine.  All the N. Rhone togethe... Read More

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  • Duncan, you stole those at the prices you paid! Esp love the C-R horizontal. ... do it blind and throw in a Cornas or something to see if the winemaking made a difference larger than the terroir.  Or another vintage by one of these makers.  And you need to wait till I'm over on your side of the pond before you do anything. ;-)I am going to fol... Read More

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  • I agree with Foxall in that some of the northern Rhones are a little bit ... ... ... on Snooth,a Jaboulet Cornas and a Marc Sorrel Hermitage.They are a bit expensive however although Croze-Hermitage and St Joseph offer better value for money.I must confess that I have recently splashed out and bought; Read More

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  • I won't deny it:  I envy you. Just spent a bunch of time emailing ... ... on from C-R, Hermitage, Cornas is pretty incredible.  But it'll be a long time before I get to drink a bottle as special as those.The good news is that there is lots of great California Syrah coming on, from small producers like Arnot-Roberts, Copain, Jemrose, and Halcon... Read More

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