A small appellation of 110 hectares (270 acres), Cornas is located on the right bank of the Rhône River, on very steep slopes. It is where Syrah was born and where it gives its greatest expression of character, due to the granitic soil and the influence of the Mediterranean climate which allows juniper and oak trees to grow and encircle the vineyards. Surrounded by other esteemed appellations of the northern Rhône Valley, Cornas wines from Jean-Luc Colombo are elegant and alluring, with lovely floral aromas of lilac and iris, and bursting with flavors such as black currant and licorice. The wines have structure, complexity, and delicacy at the same time, with a surprising minerality. The appellation was elected “Best Appellation of the Rhône Valley” in 2005 by the Revue du Vin de France, due in part to these great wines.