After having tasted two suboptimal white Hermitages last saturday, I have to admit that it can be a hit-and-miss when it comes to aging Rhône blancs....
But this one slightly restores my faith in doing so.
Golden colour, spicy tropical fruit, juicy and sappy in the midpalate and a long, rich and satisfying finish. No distracting notes of oxidation.
A wonderful bottle from a good but not a great vintage.
Tops. — 12 days ago
Smells of sweet grass and a barnyard.
A large strapping wine, both in mouthfeel, and heft.
Minty, gravelly, horehound, sweet grass, herbaceous and savory cracked pepper.
This is a meal on its own, throw the food away now, this is meant to be acknowledged solo.
Heard. — 9 days ago
Got to pop some special bottles when my good friend Shawn came in to town!
We thought it would be fun to open this alongside the Horsepower for a small comparison...as an ‘05, this was shockingly young. Gorgeous aromatic display of dried red flowers, herbs de Provence, underripe blackberries, and a touch of iron. On the palate, it unfurled a bit towards the end of the evening, revealing black currant, raspberries, coffee beans, smoked meats and a tangy mineral driven finish. This needs another 5 years and at that point, this may start approaching triple digits. Thanks @Shawn R . — 5 days ago
This is the driest "Slooty" Crozes I have had in a long time. Its makes me feel as if I should slip it a $20 when Im done drinking it, for cab fair... Yet if you brush through the dirtiness. You come for a very fun puzzle of East, funk, and linear lazer kitten fur that makes you want to just pound it. — 7 days ago
Dark-hued and almost black. Seriously floral on the nose: violet, lilac, jammy blackberry cobbler, tarragon. Juicy dark fruit exploding through the palate interlaced with smoky, meaty bitterness. Develops into significantly more blue fruit and a vibrant olive brine. Really impressive at this price point for Syrah lovers. — 14 days ago
Seafood tower and...Fabulous bottle! Starting to enter its window. Rich but not heavy, fresh with bitter elements that blend nicely to offer contrast between its gras and broad fruit. I found it to be quite lively on the palate without sacrificing classic Hermitage blanc character. A true vin de terroir. Great evolution over a couple hours of air. — 6 days ago