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2009 Domaine Auguste & Pierre-Marie Clape Cornas
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95 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2012

Opaque violet color.  The nose offers a kaleidoscopic bouquet of red and dark berry scents along with incense, candied violet, licorice and smoky minerals.  Pretty much a distillation of syrah, showing superb clarity and intensity on the palate, with excellent depth and clarity to the sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors.  The mineral quality builds with air and adds focus and cut to the long, spicy, strikingly pure finish.  This is one of the best wines I tasted from the northern Rhone this vintage and appears to be destined for a very long life.

96 Points | Wine Spectator
99 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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