2012 Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine Marc Sorrel

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Larnage Syrah is attractive and relatively forward, with summer pudding and griotte notes and soft spices in the background. Energetic and complete, the 2012 is a worthy younger sibling to Sorrel’s brace of reds from Hermitage itself. Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer M. Sorrel’s legendary reticence was somewhat compromised during my November visit by diluvium weather, a good deal of which was penetrating his Cave in the centre of Tain l’Hermitage. Once sang froid had been restored, he was far from immodest in his praise for 2012, a small but excellent year, not unlike 2010 in his opinion, and