WineAccess Travel Log
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Hermitage, historically referred to as France's "manliest" wine due to its deep ruby color and massive structure, is produced 30 miles south of Cote-Rotie on a south-facing, granite-rich hillside overlooking the town of Tain l'Hermitage in the Rhone Valley. A classic Hermitage offers a deep, saturated color; aromas of blackcurrant, plum, meat, gunflint, tobacco, and spices; and a solid acid/tannin backbone. Though full-bodied and mouthfilling, Hermitage should not be heavy or coarse. Hermitage is typically at its best between 10 and 20 years after the vintage, but the greatest examples from the strongest years can go on for several decades.