This is intense, with layers of dark plum, fig and blackberry confiture flavors rolling through, carried by smoldering charcoal and bay leaf notes. Grippy throughout, but the integration is there, while ganache, licorice root and sweet tapenade details fill in on the finish. Impressive.
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Cornas "Vallon de l'Aigle"
Appellation Cornas Contrôlée
Grape Varieties100% Syrah
DescriptionHailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhone, Jean-Luc Colombo has achieved a high-profile international reputation for making innovative wines that are original, memorable and bursting with personality. Despite a resolute aversion to change in the Cornas region, Colombo has brazenly introduced innovative methods in his vineyards and throughout the production process based on a respect for nature and his fundamental belief that good wine is the culmination of three key elements: terroir, human endeavor and modern winemaking techniques. Vallon de l'Aigle (Valley of the Eagle) is derived from the eagle that lives at the top of the vertiginous hills of Cornas and is immortalized on the label. This wild parcel of land is a truly magical place as the eagle has become almost a protecting figure. All of the strength of the eagle is embodied in the wine that is made out of this micro-vineyard; both racy and powerful while maintaining its civility and elegance. From this steep granite slope one can see the Rhone River gently flowing with a breathtaking and exceptional view of the valley. On the left bank of the river, the mountains of the Vercors dominate and contribute to bringing magical vibes to the land. Vallon de l'Aigle is a very limited bottling that is produced only in the best years.
VinificationOnly the best berries are selected. Free run juice is fermented in stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation is in barrels. The wine ages for 24 months (1/3 new, 1/3 one-year, 1/3 two-years). The wine is fined with egg whites and is unfiltered.
ColorDeep ruby red color, with brilliant purple reflections.
NoseVery complex nose with subtle aromas of flowers, blueberries and mulberries.
PalateSilky with floral notes of iris and violets with round and harmonious tannins.
AnalysisAlcohol: 14 %pH: 3.67RS: <2 g/LTA: 3.5 g/L
Serving SuggestionsPairs exceptionally well with game, beef stew, or lamb dishes.