The 2013 Francis Tannahill Hermit Pinot Noir possesses a vibrant red burgundy color from rim to center. When first poured, bright primary aromatics of Bing cherries, wild red fruits, cinnamon, raspberries, raspberry leaves and minerals emerge. Over time, the wine opens and deepens with aromas of fresh tobacco, red currants, wood smoke and spice. On the palate the attack is succulent with the classic structure of the 2013 vintage. Juicy red fruit flavors and spice flavors wrap around a lithe core of structure layered by acid and tannin that are all gracefully proportioned, subtle and truly elegant. The structure continues through the mid-palate and builds to a beautiful finish with flavors of deep red fruits and minerals that go on and on. This wine is a pure example of Oregon Pinot Noir. The 2013 Hermit is stunning now, but has the focus, balance and elegance to age and become more complex over the next 20 years.