This is a great big dark tannic wine begging for a long nap in the cellar. Tart blackberries, licorice, and eucalyptus are wrapped tightly in leather. The finish is redolent with lavendar. This would unwind some with a nice cut of meat, perhaps a ribeye, but it is best saved a few more years.

Who: Phoenix Vineyards
What: Rancho Napa Red Wine, Special Reserve Cuvee
Where: California, Napa Valley
When: 2006
How Much: $39.95 retail, widely available as low as $16.00


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