2011

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tasting Notes -

98 POINTS

100 POINTS

98 POINTS

98 POINTS

97 POINTS

THIS WINE DE­FINES WHAT HER­MITAGE WAS, IS AND SHOULD BE. IT’S AU­TUMN IN A GLASS, WITH WET LEAF, FRESH MUSH­ROOM, SMOKE AND DRIED MEAT CHAR­AC­TER. OR­ANGE PEEL, DARK FRUIT AND GAME PÂTÉ. A FULL BODY, WITH IN­CRED­I­BLE DEPTH, LENGTH, RIPE FRUIT AND IN­TEN­SITY. THE LEG­ENDARY 1961 ALL OVER AGAIN. IT SHOWS IN­CRED­I­BLE DEPTH AND RICH­NESS, WITH DRIED MEAT, GAME AND BERRY CHAR­AC­TER, AND HINTS OF SPICE, AS­PHALT AND TAR. VERY LAY­ERED ON THE PALATE. DRINK OR HOLD. PER­FECT WINE. GOR­GEOUS ARO­MAS OF DARK BERRY, DRIED MEAT, DRIED BERRY, GAME, WET EARTH AND LICORICE. FLO­RAL. A FULL BODY WITH WON­DER­FUL TEX­TURE OF DRIED FRUIT, SPICE AND BERRIES. VERY DENSE AND MUS­CU­LAR, WITH GREAT BAL­ANCE AND LENGTH. DRINK OR HOLD. ONE OF THE BEST RE­CENT VIN­TAGES. IN­CRED­I­BLE TEX­TURE AND UL­TRA- FINE TAN­NINS. LOTS OF RIPE FRUIT, WITH PLUM AND BLACK­BERRY CHAR­AC­TER. VERY FLO­RAL AND FRESH WITH CIT­RUS UN­DER­TONES, DRIED MEAT AND SMOKE. RE­MINDS ME OF UN­DER­RATED 1959. DRINK OR HOLD. A GOR­GEOUS IN­TEN­SITY OF PLUM, SPICE AND GRILLED MEAT ON THE NOSE. CLOVES AND HINTS OF DRIED SPICES. BIG AND STRUC­TURED, WITH CHEWY TAN­NINS AND A LONG FIN­ISH. A BIT AUS­TERE AND MUS­CU­LAR BUT GOR­GEOUS. NEEDS TO BE AGED FOR AT LEAST FIVE OR SIX MORE YEARS.

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