2012 Vincent Paris Cornas 'Granit 30'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $29.94 (reg. $39.94)
No longer second-fiddle to its more celebrated northern neighbors, Cornas has stepped into the limelight under the charge of producers such as Clape, Voge and Allemand. While they've elevated the profile of the region, and pricing, there are still undiscovered gems such as Vincent Paris' 2012 Granit 30, "a great bottle of wine" and "an incredible value" according to the Wine Advocate. It's yours today for easily the best price around - it's not available elsewhere under $35!
Vincent Paris, "an up and coming superstar of Cornas", has been absolutely crushing it the past few years, churning out "consecutive remarkable vintages" all at accessible prices. We think the 2012 Granit 30 is certainly following suit having tasted it on multiple occasions. It helps that in 2012 the "quality is very high (particularly in Hermitage and Cornas)...I like the purity of fruit in 2012, and believe the wines have more substance and depth," says Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate.
For under $30 you get a "classic Cornas" that's intense and complex, with uniquely northern Rhone notes of violet, leather, and cracked pepper that play against a backdrop of fresh, ripe plum and blackberry fruit. Racy acidity and a fine mineral edge add wonderful textural elements to this multi-dimensional gem. Decant for an hour or more if you'd like to sample this beautiful release now, or cellar for another 10+ years to follow what is sure to be a fascinating evolution. Cheers!