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2007 Domaine Lionnet/Terre Brulee Cornas

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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2010

Ruby-red. Intensely perfumed bouquet displays scents of black raspberry, boysenberry, potpourri, Asian spices and smoky minerals. Lively red and dark berry flavors pack a solid punch but carry no fat, picking up zesty mineral and exotic floral character on the back end. Impressively energetic, pure Cornas with brisk finishing cut and lingering notes of smoke and candied flowers. This wine is already delicious and could be enjoyed with a couple hours of decanting.

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