Barruol Lynch 2018 Hermitage "La Pierrelle", Rhone Valley
In my view, Hermitage is the superior terroir of the northern Rhone Valley. The best wines from the distinctive hillside can age decades and produce majestic wines of true nobility. Anytime you drink Hermitage, it’s an occasion for celebration. This wine approaches greatness. Sporting a dark, opaque appearance, the aroma reveals the beauty of Syrah from this privileged locale. It’s not a perfect wine, revealing more heat than I personally like, but its full in the mouth with flavors of black fruits and a tannic finish. Perhaps the wine will stir up a little controversy; there is power here.