Domaine du Colombier Hermitage 2016 Northern Rhone
The continuing elevation of this Domaine into the lofty heights of Hermitage greatness is testament to the hard work of the tall, spindly owner Florent Viale. He gives his wines a prolonged maturation of a year and a half, does not filter, and prefers using oak tonneaux for rather than the smaller 225L barriques so as not to dampen terroir and fruit. As a result, the Hermitage is powerful and wholesome but not without a touch of class. The wines are a surprisingly elegant example of Hermitage.