If you have ever questioned the adjectives used to describe a wine, if you ever wondered whether you, too, can find spice, currants, pepper, blackberries, chocolate, leather and licorice in a whiff of wine, pour a glass of Hermitage Rouge, swirl and sniff.
A rich, classic red wine from France’s northern Rhône Valley, Hermitage Rouge is a product of Syrah grapes grown on one single, steep, terraced hillside near the town of Tain l’Hermitage. Of the hillside’s 326 acres, 77 are owned or controlled by Cave de Tain, making the winery one of the largest single proprietors of the Hermitage hill.
Gambert de Loche founded Cave de Tain in 1933 with 100 members. Today, it represents 330 growers and produces a number of Rhône wines, white and red, including three bottlings of Hermitage Rouge. Its top-of-the-line Hermitage Rouge is fittingly named Gambert de Loche, a deep-shaded, textured, long-lived wine.
These characteristics are apparent in the Gambert de Loche 2006 ($90), whose aroma opens up to blackberries and mushrooms and a slight minerally character and finishes with a long, satisfying aftertaste. It is still young for a Hermitage; to appreciate it at its finest, rest it on its side for a few more years.
The impressive and powerful Gambert de Loche 2005 ($90) is a lush, full-bodied wine of depth and concentrated flavors with a whiff of cinnamon, a hint of chocolate and dark fruits. It shows every sign of aging long and well.
The year 2001 was a classic vintage which the complex Gambert de Loche ($97.50) shows in its suppleness and harmonious nature and tightly packed flavor.
Gambert de Loche 1999 ($97.50) is well structured and well balanced with an aroma that recalls leather and smoke and dark berries. Amazingly youthful for its age.
There is also a Hermitage White, often a blend of Marsanne and Roussane grapes. It tends to be as equally rich and long-lived as its red counterpart. I recently tasted Tain de Cave Hermitage Blanc Au Coeur des Siècles 2006 ($57), a golden-toned wine made entirely of Marsanne from century-old vines. Toasty and aromatic, its nose brings to mind honey and peach, an impression of stewed fruit balanced by a minerally character.
Once an abandoned 1923 constructed warehouse in Asheville, North Carolina, it took a creative group of designers, artists, musicians, chefs and business folks to transform a neglected, 100-year-old structure into one of Asheville’s most interesting and daring hotel projects.
Don’t risk losing all the money you’ve spent if you must cancel your trip at the last minute. Allianz Travel Insurance can give you:
Early on, pickleball had something to do with pickles. Pickles the dog, that is. In one story, the game was named for a family dog that ran off with the ball between sets.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City Polanco recently completed renovations of its entrances, lobby, culinary concepts and meeting space. This marks the final stage of the renovation, which began in 2021 with the revitalization of its 269 guestrooms and 45 suites.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
You know what you’re going to get at an Aman hotel, and also you don’t. Expect peerless service, obsessive attention to detail, architectural elegance worthy of a fashion magazine, a holistic approach to wellness and astounding levels of comfort. But each property is also intimately connected to its setting, and that’s where the surprises lie. For instance, finding yourself on your knees on a sidewalk in Luang Prabang handing out sticky rice to Buddhist monks at 5:30 a.m. isn’t something we expected.