Popped, poured, and blinded this wine. It didn't take long for the notes to lead me towards Hermitage (so intense!), but I didn't think it was Chave's because it was lacking the meaty notes that I associate with his wines. I am, however, not an authority on Chave - I can count the number of times I've drank his Hermitage with my hands. Regardless, the 2014 Hermitage was certainly impressive and my WOTN. Full-bodied, dark fruits, quite ripe, but in no way jammy, spice - anise, juniper, and bay leaf, licorice, deep minerals, sexy supple texture. As the night progressed - seriously stony, air has brought out the meatiness (bacon), along with some gamey and musky tones. The fruit adamantly refuses to subside on the palate. A real masterpiece, especially for the vintage.
Here's another case of infanticide on my end, but at least in the name of research, I can attest to the excellence of this wine. Personally, though, I was missing some floral and crushed pepper characters which I love in Syrah. Just nit-picking. — a month ago
All the good Syrah stuff: black olives, incense, wild herbs, bay laurel, cumin and sautéed game livers. Shockingly fine and complex Syrah from an appellation that’s been totally debased. — 10 days ago
2012, lovely... and the affair with Syrah is strong! Black fruit, pepper is a medley, pink, white & black. Velvet on the palate and very balanced. — 4 days ago
@delectable hermitage Nose has elegant tropical almost tropical flowers. Elegant tropical fruits. Big mineral and acidity. Creamy. Great texture. Bought from fass selections. — 7 days ago
Intense black pepper, charcoal, leather, dried cherries + super tannic and dry. Very good wine, needs a meaty meal with it. It opened up a lot after about an hour of decanting — 8 days ago