Nose: Black and Red Berries, Black Pepper, Earth and Olive. Somewhat muted all around however. Palate: Dense red berry notes and turned earth with a good texture, but it was quite tight. Even after opening this did not seem to fully blossom. Finish: Moderate, showing great acid and tart fruits.
Skeptical about this. When it first hit the decanter, there was a lot of promise. But as it opened it just showed as a hard wine, not giving much past something more spicy, less meaty, less giving than Hermitage should be. Passable but.... no passion.
Rhone wine from Hermitage at its finest. Red-garnet hue. Moderate aromas of black fruits and perhaps a little pepper. Medium body, mature flavors of black fruits and evocative hints of garrigue. Enjoy this wine now.
Tasted in Jan. 2012 as part of a mini-vertical of E. Guigal Hermitage vintages 99, 97, and 95. This vintage fell in the middle for me with some lovely fruit aromas but not much in the way of layered complexity. There was an almost candy-like sweet grape aroma in there too. Soft tannins, lovely mouthfeel, great balance. Smooth and steady finish.
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