Marc Sorrel Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2016
A legendary wine from one of the original Rhône valley winemaking estates. The first Sorrel family vineyards were planted at the turn of the 20th century, predating WWI. Marc's son Guillaume now heads the estate, continuing to craft highly sought-after wines of grace and splendor. Their single vineyard Hermitage "Le Greal" regularly fetches $400/bottle or more on the open market, making this offer an absolute steal.
Josh Raynolds of Vinous Media gave this wine 91 points. On the 2016 Rhône vintage: "A number of producers call it a “dream vintage” for the wines’ collective balance, freshness and expression of terroir."
He goes on to describe the wine:
"Smoke-and mineral-accented black and blue fruit preserve, licorice pastille and incense scents, plus a hint of musky earth in the background. Nicely concentrated, spice-laced black currant and bitter cherry flavors become sweeter and more energetic with air. Delivers solid punch but comes off graceful, finishing with very good persistence and dusty, slow-building tannins."
For collectors and devotees of Rhône Syrah this wine is a must!