2009 Dumien Serrette Cornas “Patou”

Yes, of course we know it was infanticide, but we did it anyway.  Absolutely opaque, solid purple with blue tinges at the rim.  Subdued aromas of pure ripe blackberry with floral, violety notes, a touch of briar, a hint of light grapefruit.  The color is the loudest thing about this wine.  Flavors are dense & concentrated, a strong vein of acidity runs through from beginning to end and is persistent through the finish.  While deeply colored and carefully structured, tannins are medium+ and textured without being chewy or gritty at all.  Grip.  Flavors of ripe macerated berry, minerality, dark chocolate and deep plum.  A handsome beast, this one.  It begs to be cellared but is no monster, rather powerful subtlety at 13%. Is that an oxymoron? Maybe not with Cornas.