Hoke wrote:Mark, much as I love Cornas, I've had some problems with it over the years.
Cornas is a harsh place---or can be---for Syrah, and I've often been confounded by the wines from some producers/vintages---primarily because of that hard green olive character that you identify! Sometimes I've confounded them to the point of not thinking they were Syrah at all, and were perhaps misshapen young weedy Merlots.
When I was at Alain Voge earlier this year, I had the ability to sample through a range of vintages and walk the slopes to get a feel of the terroir. It was a good exercise because I then could understand some of the conditions in certain vineyard locations that could dictate that hard green note to the wines. Location, exposure to the wines, and very importantly the soil composition and texture can strongly influence and determine what the resulting wines will be.
(And I still believe Chapoutier does better with other Rhone AOCs than they do with Cornas. In general.)
Salil Benegal wrote:Congratulations on the discovery, Mark. I'm looking forward to hearing about it in a few major publications soon.
Mark Lipton wrote:Salil Benegal wrote:Congratulations on the discovery, Mark. I'm looking forward to hearing about it in a few major publications soon.
Thanks, Salil. We might shoot for Science or Nature on this one, but that's always as much about politics as it is about the science. We'll see...
Jenise wrote:Mark, I've heard the same thing, but the 95 and 91 Sizzerannes are falsely blamed, if indeed other vintages deserve it. Both are terrific wines.
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