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2009 Domaine Gilles Robin Crozes-Hermitage Alberic Bouvet
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2012

Deep ruby.  Intense dark berries and cherry on the nose and palate, with spice, mineral and violet components adding complexity.  Densely packed and lively, finishing with strong cut and lingering smoke and spice notes.  This wine packs a solid punch but shows impressive finesse as well; I suspect that another five years of patience will be rewarded but it drinks well now, with aeration.  (Incidentally, the 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Papillon, which I retasted in January, has calmed down a bit since I tried it last year, just after it was bottled.  It's still on the wild side, though, showing intense smokiness and powerful, open-knit dark fruit character.)

92 Points | Wine Spectator

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About Crozes-Hermitage

Think of Crozes-Hermitage, which comes from a wide variety of vineyard sites north and south of Tain, as a junior version of Hermitage--with less concentration, character, and aging potential but at a fraction of the price.
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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