Hermitage "Arena Mica" 2012

SKU/Code: 
DB9991-12
Product Line: 
Red
Varietal: 
Syrah
Country: 
France
Region: 
Rhône
Boutin

100% Syrah. The grapes are de-stemmed and fermented in stainless steel; the wine is aged for 12 months in 300L oak barrels.

91 points
"Opaque ruby. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit aromas are enlivened by a peppery note and zesty minerality. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering ripe blackcurrant, cherry and spicecake flavors and a jolt of cracked pepper. A smoked meat note builds with air and carries through a long, spicy, youthfully tannic finish. Definitely give this youngster some rest or at least some air if you insist on drinking it any time soon."
Josh Raynolds,
International Wine Cellar
, Feb 2015
90 points
"A medium-weight core of crushed plum and blackberry fruit is lined with charcoal notes, while the finish lets tobacco and black licorice details fill in. Shows more density than range in the end, but remains solid nonetheless. Best from 2015 through 2020. 104 cases made."
James Molesworth,
Wine Spectator
, November 2014