Light and transparent ruby in color. Initially intense aromas of roses, strawberries, and tar. This is tight with tart acidity clamping down on bright cherries, earth, and chalky minerality. The acidity mellows a bit with air, but it is this wine's dominate attribute. A pleasant wine but light in fruit. Better to drink in the aroma than the flavor. This will last due to the protective acidity, but I don't see it developing much complexity. Drink or hold or send to auction. Coravin.
Deep garnet. When opened at home there was a bacon smell. But it blew off by the time I got to the restaurant and shows the perfume-y Syrah that I get with Chave. Still somewhat young but already delish. Red/black fruits, green herbs. Long finish.
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(Chave Hermitage Rouge) was much more classic full of the pepper, bacon, roasted earth and menthol quadrafecta known as red Hermitage. The t .n a (tannins and alcohol for those of you that forgot or do not know) were tremendous; we were in the presence of a big-time wine that was still a baby. There were loads of structure with the rustic earth and leather, with Jean-Louis noting that .Northern Rhone is more like Burgundy than Chateauneuf. The wine is more soil than climate, and soil is more important than the sun . this is very important.