Domaine Marc Sorrel: New Releases from Hermitage

Marc SorrelMarc 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.

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