2008 Franck Balthazar Cornas Chaillot
Producer: Franck Balthazar
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2011
($45) Vivid ruby. Sexy, spice-accented red berries and flowers on the nose, with deeper notes of black olive and licorice that gain strength with air. Sappy and precise, offering sweet raspberry and cherry compote flavors as well as nuances of spice cake and violet pastille. Suave and impressively pure, with excellent finishing clarity and length. This seductive wine will drink well young but has the balance to age.
90 Points | Wine Spectator
About the Rhone Valley
Along with Bordeaux and Burgundy, Rhone Valley wines are some of the world's greatest red wines. But keep in mind that the Rhone Valley is really two distinct regions. The Northern Rhone produces powerful, aromatically complex ...
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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