Cave de Tain Cornas Arenes Sauvages 2017

Red

France

Northern Rhône Valley

Description

The Cave de Tain is among the world’s very greatest wine producers, a giant of the Northern Rhone with over 50 acres in Hermitage, a stunning, state-of-the-art winery (10 million Euros invested over the past five years) and a brilliant team of winegrowers.

Besides Hermitage, they produce most of the region’s IGP (previously Vin de Pays) and half of all Crozes Hermitage (but bottling only a third of that under their own top label), as well as St Joseph, Cornas and St. Peray.

Tasting Notes: A ripe and toasty wine, with a core of plummy, blackberry fruit and complex spice and mineral notes. Fine-grained tannins on the palate lead to a long, lingering finish.

Serve With: Excellent with red meat in wine sauces, marinated meat, and a variety of cheeses. Try it with dark, bitter chocolate.

Additional information

Country

Region

Appellation

AOP Cornas.

Variety

Vintage

Wine Type

UPC

097871015202

Case Code

20097871015206

Vineyards

Sustainably-grown (certified Group ICV). Nearly 2500 acres under vine in total, with more than 2200 acres in appellation (AOP) vineyards (Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Cornas, Saint Péray) and the balance in IPG Collines Rhodaniennes. Appellation vineyards include 71.6 acres in Hermitage (of which the Cave de Tain directly owns 54.3 acres).

Planted on the right bank of the Northern Côtes du Rhône, on steep terraces made of granitic sand. Grown in a microclimate with mediterranean influence.

Composition

100% Syrah

Viticulture

Selection Parcellaire. Sourced from the Cave de Tain’s very best old vine parcels (50 years old!) at peak ripeness.

Winemaking

Cold maceration before fermentation. Aging in French oak barrels (73% 228L Barrels, 40% new; 27% 4 year old 400 L barrels).

Alcohol

14.5%

Accolades

93 pts, “Sweet and velvety in texture, offering intense dark fruit preserve, salty olive and floral pastille flavors brightened by a snap of juicy acidity and a touch of cracked pepper. Hangs on with impressive tenacity… This is pretty suave for a young Cornas.” – JR, Vinous Media 4/20 (2017).

(91-93 pts), “…concentrated and silky, with meaty notes on the lingering finish. It warrants a year or two of cellaring, then should drink well for a decade.” – JC, The Wine Advocate 12/19 (2017).

Vegan

Farming Practices

 

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