Domaine des Muses, Cornalin Tradition, AOC du Valais, Switzerland, 2014
This wine: lot No. not found, varietal cornalin (actually rouge du pays), coated natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, The Wine Society, £29 (10/18)
Consumer tasting note: an old Swiss variety, fresh and tart, intensely fruity, shades of a young Chianti Classico perhaps, or a Beaujolais Cru; medium bodied, smooth, with a profile of black cherry, red plum, stewed red currant, cranberry juice and violets, with a medium-long length. Drink now –
RTD, but will keep – Wait. Decant just to aerate, needs little time.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a tiny quantity of soft sediment, and a small quantity of solid tartrates].
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of indistinct black fruits edged with oaky nuances, spicy, a floral lift of violets, hints of black cherry boiled sweets, becoming stronger, a savoury edge, beeswax, red plum juice, stewed red currant, hint of dried herbs.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of black berry boiled sweets, red plum juice, stewed red currant, cedar, hint of dried herbs, cranberry juice, violets. A medium (+) length, with a clean, fresh lightly tart finish of squashed red berries, with violets on the end, with a light(ish) grip.
Quality: very good, nicely balanced fresh, if not a little tart, but attractive acidity, and ripe moderate tannins with alcohol, altogether harmonious; showing a strong intensity, with similar concentration; a better than moderate complexity with evidence of time in very well-integrated oak – perhaps old oak (cedar, oak, spice) and bottle (beeswax, cedar, dried herbs, savoury), with an emerging tertiary dimension. Finishes fresh and medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for a year, or two – a sound acid-tannin structure, well balanced, made in a fresh intensely fruity style, with a little bottle age, and an obvious tartness – which suits the style, a food wine for relatively early consumption.