Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Probably the Finest Northern Rhone Vintage Since 1990—Robert Parker (PRE ARRIVAL)

2009 Domaine Durand Cornas "Empreintes" PRE-ARRIVAL

The first of the highly rated 2009 Northern Rhone wines is due to arrive in two weeks. It’s the blockbuster
Cornas “Empreintes” from Eric and Joel Durand. You don’t want to miss out on this beauty. If you like Syrah you absolutely should be buying this. 2009 Domaine Durand Cornas "Empreintes" Here’s Robert Parker discussing the 2009 vintage in the Northern Rhone — “2009 is great (and it truly is) in the northern Rhône. A number of producers who have been making wines for over thirty years claim it is the greatest vintage in their lifetime. I can say that without a doubt it is the finest overall vintage in the north since 1999, and probably since 1990. However, 2009 is different than either of those vintages as it is much more concentrated than 1999, and fresher and more delineated than 1990.” The 2009 Domaine Durand Cornas “Empreintes” is definitely one to buy and put in the cellar. An extremely good deal at just $29.99 per bottle! A potentially 96 point wine!


Robert Parker 93-96 Points--
The blockbuster 2009 Cornas Empreintes appears capable of 20+ years of longevity. A black/purple color is accompanied by copious aromas of blueberries, blackberry liqueur, charcoal, graphite and subtle smoke and incense. Intense, layered, full-bodied and massive with a hint of tannins (they are largely buried by the wealth of fruit and extract), this 2009 will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring after its release and should drink well over the following two decades.

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2009 Domaine Durand Cornas “Empreintes”

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