Domaine Marc Sorrel, Crozes Hermitage, Tain l’Hermitage, Drome, France, 2013
This wine: (bottle identity Lot 1) a blend of 50:50 marsanne:roussanne, matured in old oak, natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, Gauntleys, £25.50 (01/17)
Consumer tasting note: faulty … a subdued nose of orange curd, dried and jammed stone fruit, with edges of honeysuckle and pineapple; medium-full bodied, with a pretty much monotone dilute mid-palate of dried citrus, following into a bare medium length. No benefit from decanting.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of orange curd, spicy-edged apricot jam, dried apricot and peach, dried lemon peel, a low-key woody nuance, touch of honeysuckle, hint of pineapple
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (-) intensity, a velvety texture with a noticeable grip, with flavours of dried citrus peel, edge of warm lemon pith and a touch of almond oil. A medium length with a low-key dried citrus peel finish.
Quality: faulty, balanced acidity with alcohol, harmonious with the whole, however, whilst the developing nose shows some complexity on a subdued intensity the mid-palate is quite dilute (perhaps this offering is in a dumb phase, affected by TCA, or suffering a bacterial infection) with little to show in terms of concentration and complexity, following into a medium length, at best.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: faulty.