1996 M. Chapoutier "La Sizeranne" Hermitage

SKU #160164 95 points Wine Spectator

 Wonderful minerally red, with ripe fruit flavors backed by subtle toasted oak, grilled meat, black pepper, cassis and mint. Deploys ripe, sweet, palate-coating tannins. Full-bodied, its earthy, rocky notes are lovely on the balanced finish.  (11/1998)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1996 Hermitage La Sizeranne exhibits a saturated dense purple color, a classic, smoky, cassis-scented nose, and fresh acidity nicely meshed with the wine's rich, concentrated black fruit character and high tannin. This full-bodied, muscular, backward La Sizeranne requires patience. It is aged all in cask, of which 50% were new. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020.  (2/1999)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Raw crushed berries, black cherry, shoe polish and pepper on the nose, plus an intriguing vegetal note that adds to its complexity. Sweet and supple in the mouth; again, a fruit-driven style of Syrah but a distinct step up in texture and concentration from some of the other Chapoutier '96s. Solidly structured, with rather strong acidity and substantial tongue-dusting tannins. Finishes quite firm, with notes of violet and pepper. 89(+?) points.  (1/1999)

K&L Notes

90-92 points Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "A potent peppery nose with scents of vine tomato and black olives. The palate is tight, primal and animally; spicy with form tannins and black pepper sprinkled over dense leathery black fruits. A 'workmanlike' Hermitage that ticks all the right boxes. Tasted April 2002."

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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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