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2010 Franck Balthazar Cornas Cuvee Casimir Balthazar

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2013

Lurid ruby.  Blackberry, spicecake and incense on the highly perfumed nose.  Juicy and precise, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and a touch of peppery spices.  Gains sweetness with air and finishes with outstanding clarity and gentle tannic grip.

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