Similar to the '12 and showing the generosity and warmth of this site, the 2011 Ermitage le Meal is another sexy wine that's just hard to resist. Full-bodied and concentrated, it's slightly more red fruit-driven with black raspberries, crushed flowers, sweet spice and roasted herb aromas and flavors all emerging from the glass. One of the denser, more concentrated 2011s out there, it still shows the 2011 extroverted and straight-up hedonistic character and will drink well for another 20+ years. Sep 2015, www.robertparker.com
Jeb DunnuckScore: 98/100
Nose is instantly engaging with an abundant freshness and touches of cherry red tomatoes. Tannins hold and that heat is back again, but will sort itself out over time. Redcurrants and blackberries are delivered on the palate in a linear manner.
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