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2009 Domaine Gilles Robin Hermitage

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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2012

Opaque ruby.  Aromas of black and blue fruits, candied violet, espresso and star anise, complemented by a smoky overtone.  Broad, palate-staining dark fruit flavors show impressive intensity and pick up exotic floral and fruitcake qualities with air.  A sneaky mineral note adds lift and cut to the long, sappy, smoke-accented finish.  This hefty, ageworthy wine really shouldn't be opened for a while.

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