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2010 Domaine Yves Cuilleron Cote-Rotie Bassenon
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2013

(made from 90% syrah and 10% viognier):  Opaque ruby.  Dark berry liqueur, potpourri and spicecake on the highly fragrant nose.  Bright and nervy on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of candied flowers.  Shows a silky quality on the persistent finish, which features gentle tannins that add shape and grip.

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