A portion of the red Hermitage is vinified in open-topped wooden casks and punched down manually twice a day. The other portion is vinified in stainless steel tanks also with manual punch down twice daily.
At the end of 18 months of élevage, the wine is blended to unite the qualities of each parcel, and in order to express the essence of Hermitage. The final blend of each wine is a combination of seven different terroirs. After the final blend is completed, the wines are bottled without filtration.
"Really packed, but amazingly supple and velvety in texture, with layer upon layer of black mission fig, crushed plum, freshly brewed espresso, worn saddle leather and iron notes all driving through the long, long finish. The structure is well-integrated already, but this has a long life ahead of it. Best from 2009 through 2030. 1,800 cases made."
"Made in a totally different style, the masculine, backward 2005 Hermitage exhibits an inky/dark ruby/purple color along with aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, licorice, roasted herbs, and scorched earth. The minerality and tannins dominate this gamy, thick, rich 2005, which, given its tannic structure, is closest in style to a vintage such as 1995 or 1998. Give it 7-10 more years of cellaring, and drink it over the following three decades. "
The Wine Advocate