A very juicy fruit-forward wine sprinkled with white pepper and allspice. Blackberries and figs lead the attack, giving way to black cherry cola, pepper, and vanilla on the mid-palate. Tannins are sweet and smooth. Acid is quite powerful, even a little bit tingly, but should settle down over time. Drink with pork roast.

WHO: Hahn Winery
WHAT: Grenache (60%), Syrah (37%), Mourvedre (3%)
WHERE: Central Coast, California
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $12 (media sample)

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