90-92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2011
Inky-purple. Aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and smoky minerals. Fat, sweet and lush, with a slightly medicinal quality to its weighty dark berry and fruitcake flavors. Finishes with a very fine dusting of tannins and a major blast of minerals. Distinctly rich but there's ample energy to maintain shape and focus.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
91-93+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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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