This was not a particularly expensive Hermitage back in the day. It never garnered the scores and the accolades given to Chave Hermitage or Jaboulet's Hermitage la Chapelle, but I suspect it would do very well against those wines right now.
The color has turned to a mature brick red, and there is nothing dramatic or powerful in the smells and flavors. Raspberries, currants, cassis--all very elegant and well stated. Silky smooth on the palate. More savory than sweet. Actually, it could easily be mistaken for a fine old red Burgundy. Definitely mature but not at risk of falling apart. A perfect accompaniment to the roast lamb Christmas dinner.