Classic closed out some old Hermitage a few years ago, and this was one of them. The color was brick red, with some clearing at the rim. Still quite aromatic, with dark fruit, kirsch, mint and some c spices (clove, cardomon) on the nose. In the mouth, a wave of black fruit, but mainly brown/black notes of tobacco, licorice, coffee, pepper. Still with excellent structure (still get a little tannic backbone!), and a finish with excellent clarity. Great with grilled steak and vegetables (cauliflower and acorn squash) with olive oil and anchovy sauce. The oldest Hermitage we have had, and a treat.
Brown/red color with a definate clearing on the rim (5/5). Complex aromas leap from the glass. Dried fruit, coffe, soy sauce, japanese pickled plums, mustard, dried herbs and orange peel (13/15). On the palate the wine is a little tired and obviously past it's peak in maturity, but it still manages to maintain a full body feel with silky tannins and a glyrin character. Flavors of dried fruit, pickled plum, coffee, blood, ketchup and herbs. (15/20) Overall a very nice aged Hermitage drinking slightly past it's peak (9/10). 92 pts
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