2016 Johann Michel Cornas


  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • Cornas
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • Harley1199 wrote:

    September 29, 2019 - By the glass. Initially it gives me an artificial odour of pine disinfectant that is replaced by notes of white pepper and red berries. In the mouth the sharp acidity is mixed with firm tannins. Quite young enough to be enjoyed now. Overall modern stuff.

    Por copas. Inicialmente me da un tufo artificial a desinfectante de pino que queda reemplazado por notas de pimienta blanca y frutillos rojos. En boca la afilada acidez se mezcla con unos taninos firmes. Demasiado pronto como para disfrutarlo ahora. Ante todo un contenido moderno.

  • stenbergs Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 12, 2019 - Behöver mycket luft och vinner helt säkert på att vila några år till.

  • Blacksmith450 wrote: 92 points

    September 8, 2019 - Tout en jeunesse et en fruit. Robe framboise, bouche bien droite. Très beau potentiel.

  • La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 29, 2019 - This opaque crimson wine was Vinturi-decanted and serially tasted over the ensuing three hours. Loaded with boysenberries, blackberries and dark plums, it is a full-bodied "fruit bomb" that is beautifully balanced by fresh acidity, sweet tannins and a supporting cast of tapenade, baking spices, smoked meat, iron and lavender. The wine's oak and alcohol (listed as 13.5%) are quite tame, in contrast to many similar-priced offerings from the New World. Impressively dense on the middle palate and finishing long, this is a tremendous Syrah that is well-worthy of its sticker price. Enjoy it over the next decade. Drink now-2030.

  • srh Likes this wine:

    August 10, 2019 - Winebar [1 Rosé, 3 Whts, & 8 Reds] from 08/09/19 + 4 Shared Bottles (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): 100% Syrah; "A blend from 2 different vyd sites: - 60% from vyds located on the hillside (16 yr old vines on the 'coteau') which are planted in sandy soils, decomposed granite with some rocks; - 40% from the bottom of the slope (40 yr old vines on the 'pied de coteau') which are planted in sandy soils. Yield: 33 hl/ha; Manual harvest, 100% destemming, fermentation in tanks for 3 wks, daily remontage & pigeage; Malolactic fermentation in oak barrels & aging on the lees for 12-18 mos in 2-4 yr old barrels;"

    N: RIPE plums with an animal-like funk from time to time

    P: Med, poss LM, body; RNDISH entry with very NICE, almost swtish frt met by an astringent pucker which stays in contact with the init frt as it fairly seamlessly transitions into a LONG, BALANCED finish with a subtle swtness to the unoffensive, yet firming, dusty tannins. For now with food, + may improve a bit for 6-12 mos, then drinking through '23, poss '24? VERY nicely done! 13.5% ABV; My EXC/EXC+. 95 pts Dunnuck, 89 WA (Czerwinski), & 3*(*)/5* . [This vendor's $41.95 puts it #3/4 current wine-searcher postings.]

    Note: Had > air (≈2-1/2 hrs in a small tasting glass) than when I'd tasted it on JUST 7/13/2019, so MIGHT that explain WHY I found it > approachable/CLEARLY nicer than I did then? [I decided to split the difference on drinking window.]

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Johann Michel
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Northern Rhône
  • Appellation Cornas

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  • In Cellars 65 (75%)
  • Consumed 22 (25%)

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