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2012 Franck Balthazar Cornas Cuvee Casimir Balthazar
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90-92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2014

Tasted in components:  #1):  High-pitched and precise, with spicy red fruit and floral pastille scents and a hint of smokiness.  Juicy, subtly sweet raspberry and cherry flavors show very good energy, lift and cut; in a pinot style.  #2):  Deeper and darker in profile, displaying ripe cassis and olive character and a touch of licorice.  Distinctly more masculine than the earlier barrel, finishing with firm tannins.  #3):  Heady, floral dark berries and smoked meat on the perfumed nose.  Palate-staining and lively, offering sweet red and dark berry preserve flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate on the gently tannic finish.

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