Eric & Joel Durand
2012 Cornas "Empreintes"Northern Rhone Valley
Brothers Eric and Joel Durand took over the family estate in 1991, taking knowledge from previous generations and improving the quality of their wines year after year. Their work is especially hard on the steep slopes of Saint Joseph (18 acres) and Cornas (12 acres), where they have to rebuild the terraces every year to maintain the earth on the soils. With their experience and the finesse of their palates, the Durand brothers now rank among the most recognized producers on the Northern Rhone Valley and are international acclaimed by many writers.
This focused and edgy 100% Syrah "Empreintes" Cornas displays a highly concentrated nose of stone fruits and spices followed by flavors of macerated blackberry, raspberry, smoked herbs and licorice that lead to an elegant finish with just the right amount of acidity to ensure its drinkability through 2020 and beyond. 93 points Wine & Spirits; 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate; 91 points Wine Spectator. 13.5% ABV PYW