Bright ruby red core, beautiful nose of dark red fruits, pepper and tar. Initially quite youthful and engaging on the palate. Balanced, nice texture with a med finish. After and hour in the glass the texture became more velvety, the palate revealed secondary elements of smoked meat, spice and violets. At maturity, drinking very well
Fading color. The nose shows aromas of smoke, earth, dark berries, flowers and iron. This is fairly full bodied on the palate, with good concentration and decent finesse. The tannins are a bit drying now and it seems this may be past its best. Medium plus length on the finish.
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(Guigal Hermitage) COLOR-dark with a brown/copper edge; NOSE-subtle greenness; a very intriguing horseradish component that I really like; dark cherries; a gamey/steak-like component; PALATE-very interesting; heavy component of basil, cilantro & bell peppers; then it gets quite peppery; then it opens up to a tremendous 3rd quarter; right after the mid-palate, the wine gets bigger; there's a lot fruit (sour cherry); I love the white pepper; I get a lime flower component on the solid finish; showing tremendously for a 20 year old wine; packs a beautiful punch; has great polish which is spectacular; I really like where this wine is going; should last a good 3-4 years; great food wine; GV-91+
(E. Guigal Hermitage) Dark red violet color; mature, smoky, mushroom, lamb jus, pepper and horseradish nose; pepper, lamb jus, mushroom and tart black fruit palate with resolved tannins; medium-plus finish 94+ pts.