Yesterday lunch with Pieter de Waal of Hermit on the Hill to taste his current release wines against some weird and wonderful counterparts, including the Cote Rotie 2008 from Saint Cosme. 2008 was supposedly a low-key vintage in the Northern Rhône but I though this was pretty smart. Red and black fruit, lilies spice, smoke. Pure with vivid acidity and fine but forceful tannins. Perhaps a little lighter than might be the case in a really great year. Score: 17/20.