A fine, well-made wine. It brings out the serious character of fine Hermitage, as well as emphasizing its great black fruits and acidity. There are leather aromas, spice and herb flavors and huge, solid tannins. The only taste that spoils is the oxidative character that comes through.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.