A mix of elegance and muscle. Surprisingly dark ruby color in the glass. A nose of overripe raspberries and blackberries is almost misleading as this is not a fruit bomb. The fruit is not shy on the palate with some back hints of cinnamon and allspice, but the tannins play their supporting role very well. The majority carignane plays well with others in the blend. The finish is long but not extended. A really lovely and intriguing offering. Try it with roast duck.

WHO: Bonny Doon Vineyards
WHAT: Red blend: carignane (55%), grenache (15%), mourvedre (15%), petite syrah (7%), zinfandel (5%)m syrah (3%)
WHERE: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $14 (media sample)

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Gary Thomas
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Gary Thomas is also a longtime professional journalist, and former senior correspondent at the Voice of America. He was the wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, TX, and has freelanced wine articles for other publications, including the Wine Spectator. He has spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, managing to cadge needed wine in the hardiest of circumstances and unlikliest of locales, even in places like Pakistan and Iran.

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