2012 Johann Michel, Cuvee Grain Noir, Cornas Young Vines, Rhone Valley, France.
This 100% Syrah from 100% Cornas (young vines) is a beautiful cool climate Syrah with no oak at all used or needed, from a new young vigneron that looks set to make a name for himself, especially as his vines get some age on them, still I adore this cuvee and highly recommend it. Syrah lovers will rejoice in the pure essence of the grapes and sense of place found in this bright and vibrant red, Johann Michel has done himself proud, fermenting in stainless, aging in tank and allowing the wine to be a totally fresh expression of the vintage. The nose has earthy richness, plus violets, dark hues show purple and garnet colors in the glass and the palate is vivid with black cherry, plum and a core of blueberry and boysenberry with fresh cracked pepper, sea salty crusted licorice, game, forest floor and sweet and tangy herbs. If you are interested in exploring Syrah, this would be a great starting point, it is as pure and clear as it gets, and it is very tasty indeed, Drink now and for the next 2 years or so, best to enjoy young.
($22 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($19.95)