Faded garnet color with orange rim. Nose includes damp earth, blackberry, dark cherry, stewed prunes, bramble, gamey, chocolate. High acidity, high chewy tannins. Medium finish. Smoother on day 2, more integrated and round. I like the complexity and tannins, but overall nothing special.
Oak. New oak. It stands out, especially at first. Underneath, it's Hermitage: powerful Northern Rhone Syrah, with red fruits, fennel, herbs, meat, smoke, etc. The fruit itself is great, with emphatic power and balance. With air the oak and its tarry notes recede but its astringent tannins never stop clamping down on the finish. This would have been super without the oak treatment. #beatsdeadhorse
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(Philippe Desmeure Hermitage Rouge Cuvée Emilie) A good colour, with moderate depth and a glossy appearance. Smoky, macerated fruit on the nose, with a sweet, chewy edge. Nevertheless it is full, balanced and elegant on the palate, with lovely berry fruit and some typicity. Correct acidity, just on the firm side, and will improve in the cellar.
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