2010 J. L. Chave Crozes Hermitage Silene

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 87-89
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"This has nice character, with chestnut and bay leaf aromas followed by gutsy flavors of blackberry and plum paste. A tarry edge takes over on the finish, but this stays fresh and driven. Drink now through 2016. 500 cases imported." (WS)

"The 2010 Crozes-Hermitage offers plenty of red fruit and tapenade notes, hints of licorice and bouquet garni, and good minerality in its medium to full-bodied, fleshy personality. It should drink well for 3-4 years.

Adding to their acreage in St.-Joseph, the Chaves purchased the famous Clos Florentin Vineyard a few years ago. I suspect they will make a single vineyard wine from this site in the future." (WA)

"Bright ruby. Heady aromas of blueberry, olive and incense, with a bright mineral topnote. Elegant, seamless and precise, offering tangy black and blue fruit flavors and a touch of peppery spices. Finishes with good back-end lift, gentle tannins and lingering sweetness. Shows a finer grain and more finesse than the Offerus today. Chave also showed me the 2008 Hermitage Blanc Blanche and 2008 Hermitage Farconnet; while the Blanche has put on weight and gained an intense, honeyed quality, the Farconnet has become tighter and more sharply focused, The Blanche is delicious right now but I'd hold off opening my Farconnet for at least another couple of years." (IWC)