2018 Origine 1933, Cave de Tain, Cornas
As the label indicates, Cave de Tain was founded in 1933, in the region of Hermitage, on the western side of Northern Rhône, nestled between St. Joseph and St. Peray. Cornas is only a bit over 125 hectares (308 acres) in size, but its wines can be very impressive.
This Cornas 2018, Cuvée Origine 1933, which celebrates nearly 90 years of existence of the Cave de Tain, is an elegant and concentrated wine with aromas of black fruits and spices. Syrah, the region's flagship grape variety, offers fine tannins for a long and delicious finish. The vineyard soils are largely granitic. It you are looking for an Hermitage, this is a real value!
APPEARANCE: Deep, purplish appearance, nearly opaque. Robe clings to the glass for more than a minute.
AROMATICS: This wine started with aromas of Black fruits, especially plum; it then changed its profile to black cherries and blueberries, and then into something more reminiscent of Bing cherries. Also developed some black pepper notes and a hint of savory black olives. Nicely balanced oak, not overwhelming. A very complex, enjoyable journey, indeed!
TASTE PROFILE: Earthy, obvious youthful tannins, but balanced with fruit and acid. Light toasty notes with a lingering finish, elegant and inviting. We advise you to serve it between 16° and 18°C (61° and 65°F.)
FOOD PAIRINGS: Grilled Pork Chops, Roasted leg of lamb, Beef Wellington, Braised Short Ribs, Ribeye steak; venison, or other wild game; Cheese options include Cheddar, Gouda, Smoked Gouda, Colby, and Muenster.
By Don Clemens