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Hermitage "Pierrelle," Barruol - 2012

Item # 39504 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Louis Barruol is an indefatigable force in the Rhône. He is the fourteenth generation in his family to be making wine in his sixteenth-century domaine in Gigondas. The Pierrelle vineyard name stems from the stony nature of the soil that is based on granite. The vines for this Syrah range from 30 to 50 years in age.

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Few have had a more seismic impact on American wine drinkers than Kermit Lynch. After more than 40 years of importing exquisite, terroir-driven wines from small family producers, his name on a bottle has become synonymous with exceptional quality. It's as close to a guarantee of a good wine as you can get. In the southern Rhône Louis Barruol is one of his star producers and they often collaborate on wines. This syrah comes from a vineyard at the top of the famed Hermitage hill, and this high altitude lends the wine a certain restraint. It's traditional in style, with incredible elegance, a beguiling swirl of gorgeous black cherry, tobacco, and earthy notes. This is Old World charm at its absolute best.


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