The 2011 Francis Tannahill Hermit Pinot Noir possesses a vibrant red burgundy color from rim to center. When first opened, bright primary aromatics of Bing cherries, cinnamon, cassis, spice, raspberries, wild strawberries, minerals and clean earth leap from the glass. Over time the wine opens and becomes deeper with aromas of fresh tobacco, sandalwood, red currants and blackberries. On the palate the attack is succulent with the classic structure of the 2011 vintage. Juicy red fruit flavors, spice and structure from a balance between acid and tannin are gracefully proportioned, subtle and truly elegant. The structure of the wine continues through the mid-palate and builds to a beautiful finish with flavors of deep red fruits and minerals that go on and on. Although the 2011 Hermit is slowly beginning to drink well now, it has the focus, balance and intensity to age and become more complex over the next 20 years.