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2009 Verite Le Desir Red Wine Sonoma County
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96(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

(Pierre Seillan's St. Emilion blend, based on 74% cabernet franc):  Deep ruby-red.  Vibrant nose offers cassis, blackberry, licorice, minerals, tobacco leaf and violet.  Rich, tactile and deep, offering outstanding energy for the vintage.  Boasts a rare combination of explosive fruit intensity and elegance.  Builds and echoes dramatically on the vibrant, nuanced finish, which saturates the palate with dark fruits and minerals.  This shut down in the glass but my recorked bottle showed uncanny freshness after three days in the refrigerator.

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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