Tasted single blind in CT Seattle White Rhone tasting, was easy to pick out from the other, newer wines. Delicate nose, and quite unctuous in its body. Wine had stone fruit, pit, almond, and almost a savory note. Finish was long, I got a hint of caramel. However, the group as a whole HATED this wine, it scored last among 8 whites by quite a lot, found it hard to watch everyone diss and throw out wine I liked so much!
Also see my previous note. This one's even fatter, bigger and better, especially after 48 hours. Layers of concentration. Attractive minerality and freshnes. Extremely long finish. Very rare and intriguing wine. Certainly not anybodies friend, but that's fine considering the small quantities of high quality white Hermitage...
Opened on Saturday, drank on three consecutive evenings (91-92-95pt respectively). Best glass was the last, 48 hours after opening. The typical slight oxidative Hermitage character has now mostly disappeared, the bitter bite is smoother and more attractive. Very attractive opulent nose full of fruit (even including banana, melon and pineapple) and honey. Rich, mineral, full of freshness and tension. Full bodied, good length. Will improve even further.
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(Chapoutier Ermitage De L'Orée) An intense nose, very suggestive of minerally depth, with a taut and concentrated style behind the dried-fruit character. Rather serious, matchsticky, slightly reductive, and a peach-skin substance. The same character comes through on the palate, with a great tension running through the middle of the wine, along with a mineral vibrancy. Showing great substance in the finish, a touch creamy, although the underlying structure keeps it taut and focused. And it is very long too. Excellent.
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