2015 Claret “Kermitagé"
$24.00 per bottle / $259.20 per case
$20.40 per bottle / $230.40 per case (Members)
Kermit is not much of a bordelais kind of guy, and I suspect that if he lived in the 19th century, he might well have preferred his Bordeaux wine laced with some proper Hermitage, hermitagé, as it was known then. Or not. Kermit is very much a terroirist, and might well have preferred the integrity of an unblended Bordeaux, (likely much lower in alcohol in the 19th century than those of the present day) not one that had been perhaps slightly muddled by the Syrah addition. On the other hand, he does value deliciousness above all, so he might well indeed have gone for the hermitagé version.
The bordelais cépages, not unlike the bordelais themselves, have a certain tendency toward austerity, and a certain Drang nach Sud, heliotropism is not an unreasonable strategy, if you favor wines with a little more warmth and sunshine, and dare we say, spice. We added but a skosh of Syrah to our Claret, and our own disposition was brightened.