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Maison Nicolas Perrin Ermitage Rouge - 2010

AOC Ermitage

     

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While this wine comes out of the gate showing little but earth and dark fruit aromas, it lightens and develops more delineation with air, eventually revealing berry, plum and spice notes. Right now, the flavors are almost jammy, so purists may want to wait a few years before opening a bottle. Full-bodied, chewy and rich, this superripe Hermitage should age well for…

The 2010 Ermitage is a superb, medium to full-bodied effort that gives up that classic Hermitage density and concentration. Assorted black fruits, spice, wild herbs and hints of meatiness (aka textbook Syrah) all flow from this beautifully done effort. Possessing notable freshness, excellent mid palate depth and a terrific finish, it will have 10-15 years or longevity. A collaboration between the Perrin Family, of Beaucastel, and Nicolas Jaboulet, of the Jaboulet family in the northern Rhone, this lineup is made mostly from purchased grapes (The Perrin’s own some of the vineyards in Crozes), with the wines made using Beaucastel barrels in the north, and blended at the Perrin Family winery in the south. They are all well-made, high quality efforts.

This is densely packed with blackberry paste, roasted fig, blueberry pâte de fruit and linzer torte flavors, but they are defined and racy, with a strong graphite spine giving support and driving the finish, where anise and charcoal notes chime in. Shows lovely drive and persistence.

Goûté avant mise, l’élevage a poli les tanins, l’ensemble est rond et gourmand, sur un registre fruits noirs et chocolat. À revoir en bouteille.

Serré, doté d’une belle matière, avec beaucoup d’allonge.

The 2010 Ermitage is gorgeous, with bright, sappy kirsch and blackberry fruit enlivened with violet and iron notes. The finish is juicy, mouthfilling and laced with finely-beaded acidity.

Inky purple. Heady, exotically perfumed scents of dark berry compote, cherry-cola, incense and dried flowers. Sappy, penetrating red and dark berry flavors show impressive depth, with star anise and candied violet accents providing complexity. Finishes sweet, vibrant and long, with resonating spiciness and a sneaky note of apricot.