Dark and winey, with a serious core of plum paste, cherry preserves and cassis that is tightly coiled. Loads of black tea and sweet tobacco details frame the finish, with an alluring singed bay accent weaving in at the very end. Best from 2018 through 2028.
Ermitage or Hermitage? Ermitage is the historic name but during the 19th century, wines from the Rhône Valley became more and more popular in the UK. The "H" was added to make the pronunciation easier in English and boost exports. Some domains, such as Ferraton, have kept the original spelling for their most upmarket cuvées.
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|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Ferraton Père & Fils
Dry Red wine
from now to 2029
Decant 2 hours before
Slow braised lamb shank
40 years old
14 to 18 months in oak barrels (20 to 30% new)
|What experts say|
92+/100 "On another level, and playing with the upper tier wines in the appellation, the 2012 Hermitage les Dionnieres Estate sports an inky purple color to go with brilliant notes of powdered rock, cassis, licorice and game. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, layered and yet still elegant and seamless, it's a serious effort that will have 15+ years of overall longevity."
94/100 "Dark and dense, with a terrific core of black currant, fig and blackberry paste flavors, shrouded for now by roasted tobacco, chestnut, bay and tapenade notes. Shows loads of burly grip through the finish, but the flesh is there. Cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2018 through 2028."
18/20 "Syrah, in oak barrels 14-18 months. Clay-limestone. Liquorice top note on very glossy, worked fruit. A massively concentrated wine that manages not to be too drying. Friendly and impressive. Very clean finish."
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