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2009 Domaine de la Ville Rouge Crozes Hermitage Terre d'Eclat
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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , March 2012

Bright medium red-ruby.  Captivating wild perfume of raspberry, violet, olive, game and leather; this could only be northern Rhone syrah.  The scented palate shows a restrained sweetness to the fresh flavors of cherry, raspberry, flowers and spices, with saline and leather notes adding complexity.  This wine would be have been sweeter and less gamey with aging in new oak, but it would have lost its personality.  Finishes perfumed and long, with a light touch for this very warm vintage.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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