|Cornas is the fabled 100-percent Syrah-based Rhône Valley wine with legions of fans—and stratospheric prices. This “baby” Cornas is a Côtes du Rhône made with 100 percent Syrah rather than the usual Côtes du Rhône blend and is made by a Cornas producer, giving it many of the characteristics of a more expensive Cornas at a fraction of the price. At Domaine Alain Voge, harvesting is manual and vinification is the same as for the winery’s more expensive Cornas, with a maceration of 3 weeks and daily pigeage, or punching down. The wine is aged 14 months in 2 to 3 year old casks.
Full of freshness and finesse, with a good tannic structure, Alain Voge Côtes du Rhône Les Peyrouses 2012 features an intense aroma of ripe cherry, notes of licorice, and a hint of pepper. The mouth is full and well rounded, with supple tannins. It will be at its best in 2 to 3 years, and pairs well with pork and grilled red meat.