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2015 Claret “Kermitagé
Wine Specs
35% merlot, 20% petit verdot, 19% cabernet sauvignon, 14% cabernet franc, 8% syrah, 4% malbec
6.0 g/L
Optimal Drinkability: Drinkable upon release (Apr. 2017), 4-7 years ageability
Serving Temperature
58° F
Label Artist
Lindsey Sonu
Alcohol %

2015 Claret “Kermitagé"

April 2017 DEWN Wine Club Release

I owe Kermit Lynch an enormous debt of gratitude for being the person who did the most to alert me to the great beauty of Rhône wines.

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$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.  

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A spicy cigar-box wine, with ample suggestions of cedar and tobacco and a discreet whiff of strawberry jam (but hardly jammy!).
Winemaker Notes
To be candid, the wine, just bottled, is still a bit austere and taciturn upon opening, but mirabile dictu, with the a little bit of time and oxygen, the wine soon builds in body and volume, growing in the glass. While the wine can be enjoyed in the relatively near term, it will also well reward cellaring.
Food Pairing Notes
Lamb Chops with Chimichurri. Lamb Gyro. Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue. Stir Fried Vegetables with Toasted Cashews.
198 cases
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