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1996 Domaine Michel Ferraton Hermitage Cuvee des Miaux
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86 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 1999

Cherry-red. Moderately ripe, more rustic aromas of pepper, smoke and tobacco. More herbal flavors of red cherry and pepper. Distinctly less ripe and drier than Ferraton's '97 Cuvée des Miaux. I don't get a lot of texture or concentration. Limited buffering material to support the wine's alcohol and acids. But the tannins are rather light.

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