Maison Ughetto Audoin Cornas
It's rare to find any wine from the Rhone gracing shelves other than the Cotes du Rhones, Chateneuf du Pape and occasional Vacqueyras. The big Syrah's of the Northern Rhone, known for their notes of bacon fat, blueberry, spice and smoke aren't that common. So we were super happy to snag a Cornas from a minimal intervention, natural producer. Their Cornas was grown on the layered granite hills of the right bank of the Rhône river. Hand-harvested, it was fermented with local wild yeasts and spent 14 months in barrel. Unfined and unfiltered at bottling. It offers lovely bright dark red fruit, meaty, herbal and earthy notes on a medium body with black pepper accents, ending with a long finish and fruity tannins.