Hermitage, Rhone, France. 13%
A bit of a disappointment.
Apparently this wine has done quite well against New World wines in wine competitions, persumably because of the vintage (hot) and the modern winemaking. I don’t want to suggest that this is dolled up with added acidity and new oak – it isn’t. But the fruit flavours are raisin like, it isn’t classic Hermitage.
I’m not sure whether to advocate drinking now, or hoping for improvement/complexity. I think I’d rather recommend buying the next, 2004, vintage.