($131) Opaque ruby. Fresh cherry and boysenberry on the nose, with seductive floral and mineral qualities adding complexity. Becomes more pungent with air, picking up tobacco, spicecake and dried violet scents. Juicy dark fruit flavors spread across the palate, ending with good mineral snap. This is very intriguing, as well as quite young.
Another monster wine is the 2005 Hermitage les Bessards, which comes all from the incredibly steep, pure granite soils on the western edge of Hermitage hill. Aged in 100% new French oak, it's overflowing with granite-like minerality and crushed rock, with background notes of graphite, smoked duck, blackberry, currants and charcoal emerging with time in the glass. Full-bodied, thick, massively concentrated and tannic, it still needs short-term cellaring, but will be a 50-year wine.
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Supertaut now, but loaded with racy black currant, fig and suave mocha notes, all pushed by racy tannins. This offers loads of briary grip, but it's sweet and ripe, with a minerality that blazes through on the finish. Should cruise in the cellar. 350 cases imported.