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2005 Domaine Clusel Roch Cote-Rotie

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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2008

($62) Dark ruby. Fresh cherry and dark berries on the nose, with exotic Asian spices and woodsmoke arriving with aeration. Lively and silky, with sappy, medium-bodied red and dark berry flavors gaining a spicy character on the close. Lots of flavor here but no excess weight or ripeness, or hard edges. I find this tasty right now but Clusel advises waiting about eight years to get the most out of it.

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