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2011 Domaine Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage La Guiraude
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  88-90
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2014

Opaque ruby.  Potent black raspberry and cherry-cola aromas are complicated by notes of cured meat, licorice and violet.  Silky and succulent on the palate, offering intense dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors and a touch of candied flowers.  Finishes with slow-building tannins, a kick of peppery spices and excellent persistence.

88-90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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