More 90+ scores from James Molesworth & Wine Spectator Insider
From the current edition of the Wine Spectator Insider:
Ermitage White Le Méal 2011
Shows a matchstick hint, giving way to creamed apple, melon, heather and salted butter notes. The long finish displays a creamy feel. Has weight, depth and definition, opening up pleasantly in the glass. Drink now through 2022.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac 2011
Presents a smoldering feel from the start, with singed bay, alder and tobacco notes leading the way for mulled currant, blackberry coulis and dark licorice flavors. Picks up a charcoal spine through the finish, showing ample depth. Best from 2015 through 2025.
St.-Joseph Les Granits 2011
Very sleek, with a beam of dark cherry, red currant and plum fruit, lined with subtle notes of black tea, ganache and incense. This has deceptive grip and should age nicely, revealing a lovely balance overall. Drink now through 2021.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois 2011
Fresh and silky, with a perfumy, focused beam of cherry, red currant and sandalwood notes, lined with hints of shiso and tobacco leaf. The aromatic qualities linger through the stylish, mineral tinged finish. Best from 2016 through 2026.
St.-Joseph White Les Granits 2011
Salted butter, warm brioche, chamomile and creamed Jonagold apple notes glide together seamlessly in this version, backed by a creamy, pure, stone-tinged finish. Drink now through 2019.
Ermitage L’Ermite 2011
Tightly coiled, with a briary frame around a core of intense steeped plum, red currant and black cherry fruit. An iron spine drives the focused finish. A wine of cut and precision that will need time to stretch out fully. Best from 2016 through 2030.
Ermitage Le Pavillon 2011
Densely packed, with dark plum, currant paste and macerated fig fruit, offset by a zesty edge. Briary tannins stride along with the copious fruit, revealing lots of spice and bramble notes on the finish. Very dense for the vintage. Best from 2016 through 2030.
Côte-Rôtie La Mordorée 2011
Shows a gorgeous mouthfeel, with a velvety yet racy edge allowing the dark plum, black cherry compote, anise, iron and dark olive notes to unfurl through the long finish. Should age well. Best from 2016 through 2026.
Ermitage Le Méal 2011
The mulled plum, loganberry and blackberry fruit is melded together in this version, studded with anise, briar and singed mesquite notes. A light tarry backdrop frames the long finish. Best from 2015 through 2030.
Ermitage Les Greffieux 2011
Offers a mouthfilling, brambly feel, with dark plum, steeped blackberry and mulled boysenberry fruit at the core, backed by anise, singed mesquite and black tea notes that give the finish a perfumy caste. Has depth and power but stays remarkably refined. Best from 2016 through 2030.