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Sunday, March 22, 2009

2004 Jean-Luc Colombo "Les Ruchets" Cornas

Well, I finally decided to crack open this amazing bottle of wine and see if I enjoy it as much as I did the first time I tried it. The Les Ruchets Cornas from Jean-Luc Colombo is made from 100% Syrah. These Syrah vines are on average 90+ years old and are planted on the steep slopes of the right bank of the Rhone.

The grapes are de-stemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks with 4 days of pre-maceration, 7 days of fermentation with a maximum temperature of 82.4°F and 3 weeks of post-maceration. The wine is then aged for 18 months, 70% in new oak and 30% in one-year-old oak barrels. It is unfiltered.

This darkly colored wine is brooding with deep and rich black currant and herb aromas. The bouquet is very intense and continues to open up and show urethral nuances of crushed stone, tar ,prune, mineral, dark chocolate, and hints of molasses. On the palate this wine touches down with a silky texture and intense flavors of black currant, dark Swiss chocolate, espresso bean, black olive, cedar, and slight hints of vanilla. The finish is very long and penetrating and leaves you tasting amazing chocolate covered raisin and spice flavors. 93+ points

 
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