Marc Sorrel is the owner and operator of one of Hermitage’s finest domains. He produces tiny quantities of white and red Hermitage and Croze Hermitage from organic vineyards. He is a modern producer but his wines reveal the complexities of the unique Hermitage terroir. The two wines reviewed here are his main reds. Importer: J.A.O. Wine Imports, McLean VA
Domaine Marc Sorrel 2012 Croze Hermitage ($36) 89 The 2012 Croze Hermitage is medium ruby in color and offers aromas of dried plum, dusty herbs and earth. It is 100% Syrah, aged 12 months in neutral barrels, and is medium-bodied with firm round tannins that are quite approachable. It should drink well over the next 3 to 5 years.
Domaine Marc Sorrel 2012 Hermitage Red Le Greal ($192) 92 The flagship Hermitage Red Le Greal combines Syrah with a small amount of Marsanne. Sourced from two vineyards (GreffieuIt and Méal) it displays a deep ruby red color and aromas of red berry fruit and earth. Aged 12 months in oak, it is soft and elegant with a silky texture, concentrated dark fruit flavors, and round tannins on the finish. Should drink well for the next two decades.