2004 Paul Jaboulet Ainé "La Chapelle" Hermitage
Shows prominent herb and tobacco notes, but has the density of fruit for balance, with fleshy layers of black currant and raspberry. The dark, ripe finish shows graphite and licorice notes, with solid grip. (JM)
Deep red. Smoky, powerful aromas of kirsch, blackberry and cracked pepper. Sweet dark berry and spice flavors are supported by round tannins and joined by a deeper chocolate quality on the back. Finishes with a lingering blackberry note. This is from vines in Greffieux and Bessards. (JR)
Slightly amber color with blackberry, dried meat and coffee. Red bean, too. This is full-bodied and spicy with a cedar, tobacco and chocolate character. Drink now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Also blended by the new winemaker, Caroline Frey, the 2004 Hermitage la Chapelle offers plenty of spice, currants, sweet cherry, leather and a hint of mint in its medium-bodied, elegant, soft and approachable style. Drink up. (JD)