2012 E. Guigal Hermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Showing similar to last year, the 2012 Hermitage Blanc (which doesn’t include the grapes that went into the Ex Voto) is a fabulous white that gives up classical notes of acacia flowers, buttered citrus, wood smoke and crushed rock. Medium to full-bodied, rich, textured and layered, it will have another decade of thrilling drinking. (JD)
Rich, almost unctuous in feel, with melon, apricot and glazed peach flavors layered with notes of orange sabayon and singed hazelnut. Cuts a long and broad swath through the finish, showing lingering paraffin and heather details. A gorgeously hedonistic wine. (Web-2016) (JM)
Limpid gold. Intensely perfumed aromas of dried pear, orange pith, candied fig and white flowers are joined by a developing hint of smoky minerals. Smooth, sappy and expansive on the palate, offering intense, mineral-accented orchard and pit fruit flavors and a jolt of zesty minerality. Finishes impressively long, broad and velvety, displaying outstanding clarity and a building floral quality. (JR)
Racy nose with real stoniness. And an overlay of broom in spring. Tight on the palate. Some honey, some malt, quite open for the moment. Long and quite rich. 17.5/20 points.