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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.

– Description from juliabutareva

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Description 2 of 2

A small red wine appellation at the southern end of the northern Rhône. Cornas lies on the west bank of the Rhône river between St. Joseph and the even more obscure St. Peray. The Cornas appellation has 250 acres planted 100% with Syrah. It is seen as undervalued since its wines are more consistent that those of its neighbor St. Joseph. Cornas's reds were renowned from the era of Charlemagne until the 18th century, when the area fell into decline. Today, there is a quality revolution at hand as Cornas, originally a long-lived wine that required serious bottle aging, is now more luscious and approachable young. The sun-baked steeply terraced south-facing granite slopes produce deep full-bodied wines with both authority and power, but not the finesse of Hermitage or Côte Rôtie. While Jean Luc Colombo champions new oak and destemming, the venerable Auguste Clape is the standardbearer of tradition. The best slopes, like Les Renards in the south, are sheltered from cold north winds (the Mistral) and form an east-facing amphitheatre that leads to early-ripening. – Description from Rodolphe Boulanger

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