Deep garnet red, with purple highlights. Red fruit (raspberry, blackcurrant), with a hint of liquorice.
Good attack, it is a round, elegant wine, soft and concentrated tannins, and a long aftertaste of blackcurrant and raspberry, spicy when it is young.
"A very minerally, driven style, with a strong iron-tinged spine driving the red and black currant, coffee, loam and dark licorice notes. This is tightly wound on the finish, so cellar to let it stretch out. Best from 2010 through 2020. 300 cases imported."
"Supple and silky in the mouth, with blackberry and cherry flavors bolstered by black olive and floral notes. What you get on the nose is similar—flowers, plus deep earth and berry flavors. Finishes long, with soft tannins and punctuated by a peppery-herb note. Drink 2005–2008."
"The 2005 Ermitage La Sizeranne is a beauty. It is closed and in need of a good 6-8 years of bottle age, so don’t be impatient if you are going to buy this wine. Dense ruby/purple, with notes of graphite, creme de cassis, licorice, and crushed rocks, the wine is classic Ermitage. A very strong effort, it should last for 25-30 years."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright red. Vibrant floral and mineral qualities complement zesty raspberry and cherry on the nose. Supple red and dark berry flavors are fresh and precise. Finishes with good sappy freshness and length."
International Wine Cellar