While Cornaline’s hearty blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon seems built for the cellar, this wine is a charmer even today. With several years of aging already taken care of at the domaine, this rich and velvety red arrived at our shop ready to impress any wine drinker. The aromas leap from the glass with ripe dark fruits, baking spices, sage, and earth all delicately woven together in large oak foudres. You could forget the Cornaline for a decade or more, but a bottle at my house isn’t likely to see the weekend.
The first time I tasted the Barruol/Lynch Hermitage Blanc was several years ago with the KLWM staff after work one night. It was love at first sip—and heartbreak by the last, since we had sold out of our shipment. I’m always happy to revisit this wine and marvel at the impressively delicate profile, yet towering potential for growth. It’s classic Hermitage Marsanne, with lychee, nectarine, white flowers, and a focused minerality that provides a solid backbone. It’s so pretty! One sip of this and you’ll be clearing out space in the cellar for a few cases.
The streak continues! Fantino has produced some of the classiest, most profound, and downright delicious Barolos these past several years. Their old-school character isn’t found in the more polished wines that are now so popular. Notes of dried cherries, balsamic nuances, and savory herbs are held together with firm, yet rounded tannin, making Cascina Dardi a very approachable wine after a bit of time in the decanter or a powerhouse a decade down the road.