White Rhone wines can be so finicky, so when a friend opened this for his birthday, it was nice to see this was firing on all cylinders.  Earlier in the day while reading a book about the White House and Wine, it mentioned that Thomas Jefferson referred to White Hermitage as France's greatest white wine, and this bottle gave that some credence.  These wines are so unique when on that they are not for everyone.  It doesn't seem fair to group with Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc as they drink more like a red in that they are not crisp or refreshing or tart.  This one is golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with peach, quince, slight wax, hints of ginger and oxidation.  Complex nose.  Full bodied.  Dry.  On the palate, this is complex with great acidity.  Flavors of peach, minerals, slight smoke, and almonds.  Deep with layers not normally associated with a white wine.  Long finish.  It is so hard to give a drinking window on these, but with an occasional shut down, this should be good for another thirty years. It will work with a wide variety of foods and was perfect with a Burrata and Roasted Tomato salad (but this could also work with a steak).  

Grade: 
A+
Score: 
98
Vintage: 
2010
Current Price: 
$309.00USD

Visiting wine country? Sniff, Swirl, Sip, and Save with The Priority Wine Pass. Save up to $150 in tastings per Day! It’s good for the year at 250 California wineries.