2007 Hermitage Arena Mica, J. Boutin
The nose is wonderful from the first pour until the last, three hours later; full of smoked sausage, blackberries, sweet violets, dried flowers and red liquorice. A great prescence in the glass. Deep and refined. A solid backbone of chrushed rocks. Really, really good.
The taste is tight, multi layered and intense with notes of ripe blueberries, flint, violet pastills, bay leaves and a hint of dark chocolate. Long, long and long. Ripe, steady tannins, promising a long life ahead of it. A very fine, taut structure. Great wine.