Tain l’Hermitage, France
On Monday I reviewed a bargain priced Rhone red. Tonight's wine is a little different...
It's not every day that I get to try a wine as elegant as this one (not to mention pricey). Hermitage is possibly the most famous appellation in the Northern Rhone. It's quite teeny tiny -- only 132 hectares on a south-facing hill of granite. The region is surrounded by the much larger Crozes-Hermitage which also produces amazing, if less intense and long lived, Syrahs.
Review: The wine displays rich aromas of red currants and ripe cranberries; herbaceous lavender eucalyptus, and black currant leaves; subtle toast and sweet spice; and earthy wet dirt, tar, and clean forest floor. The palate is dry with moderate acidity, and integrated soft, ripe, supple tannins. All of the notes on the nose display as intense flavors. The earthiness is enhanced by a wonderful mineral graphite. The flavors linger for a long, intense finish.
Currently the Ermitage is displaying ripe fruit and clean earth. As it continues to age, the juicy fruit will transform into dried fruit with savory spices, and earthy mushrooms and leather. I can't wait to grab another bottle to lay down for another 4 years!
Food Pairing: The herbal notes in the wine would be a fantastic pair to roast leg of lamb with mint of rosemary. Yum.
Bottom Line: Absolutely outstanding.
- VINTAGE: 2007
- PLACE: Hermitage AOC (Appellation d'origine contrôlée)
- GRAPES: 100% Syrah
- AGEING: 15 months in new oak (30%) and stainless steel (70% )
- BOOZE: 13%
- CELLAR: Drink through 2020
Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Super Premium