2008 Cornas Auguste Clape

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Wine Critics Notes:

Wine Advocate - Score: 90 (2014 Aug.)

Any wine following these two behemoths is in a tough spot, but Clape’s 2008 Cornas showed beautifully, with pretty pepper, green olive, earthy underbrush and plenty of black and red fruit characteristics all emerging from the glass. Medium-bodied, elegant and layered, it’s a classy drink that will have a decade or so of overall longevity.

Vinous - Score: 92 (2011 Jan.)

Deep ruby. A complex bouquet offers raspberry, cherry pit, violet and spice cake, with an intense mineral quality. Deeper, darker fruits on the palate, along with suggestions of allspice and licorice pastille. Shows fine-grained tannins and tangy mineral spine, with a suave blend of richness and vivacity. The very persistent finish is taut and focused, with lingering licorice and spice nuances.