E. Guigal Hermitage Rhone
(2009 Vintage) The 2009 Hermitage possesses a dense purple color as well as lots of creme de cassis, camphor and acacia flowers. Deep, rich and full-bodied, this massive blockbuster will need a decade of cellaring after its release.
International Wine CellarRating: 92(+?) - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 100, January/February 2002. ($90; bottled the week prior to my visit; the wine's six major components are assembled only just prior to the bottling) Full medium ruby. Explosive aromas of cassis, brown spices, tar, mocha, spearmint and crushed pepper. Sweet, spicy and highly concentrated, with black fruit and pepper flavors given clarity and grip by solid underlying structure. Very long and aromatic on the back end, with pepper and spicy oak notes. Perhaps the best vintage yet for this bottling, which was inaugurated with the excellent '95.