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2010 Tain l'Hermitage - Hermitage Epsilon

FRANCE / RHONE / HERMITAGE
  • 98 WA
  • 92 WS
  • Variety
    Syrah

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SKU: 409113-2010-750-2B
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    A brilliant offering that could easily compete with the best growers' Hermitage is the 2010 Hermitage Epsilon. Perhaps the greatest wine I have ever tasted from a cooperative, it flirts with perfection. An inky/black/purple color is accompanied by copious aromas of blackberries, creme de cassis, camphor, charcoal, white flowers and toasty oak. Packaged in a heavy duty glass bottle with a wax capsule, this wine should be reasonably drinkable in 7-10 years and should last for 25-30 years. Kudos to this coop.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    A frankly ripe, lush style, featuring linzer torte and blackberry paste flavors lined with ganache, roasted fig and espresso notes. Dark baker's chocolate cloaks the finish, though the lush fruit sits in reserve. Not shy, this might be a bit heady for some, but shows impressive depth nonetheless. Best from 2015 through 2025. 125 cases made.
    Author: James Molesworth
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  • Syrah is one of the darkest and thickest-skinned varieties, producing wines with intense color, flavors of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, and high tannin. Depending on the climate in which it is grown and the winemaking techniques used, Syrah (known as Shiraz in Australia) can come in a wide range of styles. Regardless of style, use of heavy oak is common and the highest quality wines are suitable for long-term ageing.

    The best Old-World Syrah comes from the Northern Rhône, where the variety is at its coolest limit for growth. Sites with south-facing slopes are exposed to more sun and produce the highest quality wines with medium body and flavors of berry, hints of pepper and mint, and notes of olive, bacon, meat, and leather with age. Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as E. Guigal, Chave, and Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné make some of the world’s best wines from Syrah.

    In the New World, Australia is the most famous region for high-quality wines from Shiraz. The warm climates of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale produce full-bodied, intensely fruity wines displaying notes of earth and spice and developing leather with age. A leaner, more peppery style is made in cooler regions with the best examples coming from Eden Valley. Australian producers such as Penfolds, Torbreck, and Henschke have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.

    One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of Californian producers, most notably Sine Qua Non, Colgin, and Alban, who have also gained international recognition for the quality of their wines from Syrah.

    The delicate flavors of cooler climate Syrah from the Northern Rhône and Sonoma make it an ideal pairing for dishes like lamb or eggplant. The bold flavors of warmer climate Shiraz from Australia pair well with barbeque pork and chicken, short ribs, and steak. 

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 166 bottles owned
    • 20 collectors