4th Saturday Group brown bagger (Our house): Notes of plum with peppery, briary undertones. On the palate this shows ripe dark fruit with herbal, minty/eucalyptus flavors. Medium finish with softened tannin. Nice finish. Guessed new world Syrah-based blend.
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.
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