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2009 Ravines Cabernet Franc

Supposedly 2009 wasn’t an easy harvest in the Finger Lakes, but you’d never guess it based on this wine. Lovely rich aromas of toasted fruit, burnt sugar and earth. Nice fully developed fruit, plummy on the palate, and some good acidity for balance. Moderate finish, light at the very end. Highly recommended. BSE
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Sandeman Tawny Porto Ten Years Old

Rich, buttery red fruit in aroma, with fruit nicely integrated into classic port profile so tannins feel light on the tongue. Grapes, figs and dried red fruit elements in flavor. A long exhale of a finish. Good with dark chocolate. Recommended. BSE
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Broadbent Lot #1 Auction Reserve Porto

Spicy cassis notes in the aroma, balanced fruit on the palate. “Reserve” on the label means it’s fruity but not too sweet. The alcohol is a definite factor on the palate and in the hot finish. Salty flavors are a good complement to this wine. Recommended. BSE
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2008 Naveran Dama Cava

A champagne-style sparkling wine, made in the traditional method in the Cava region of Spain. When first poured, amidst some caramel-toffee there’s a faint pear note in the aroma. Pear flavors deepen on the palate while the wine is very cold, with a mild, round, fruitiness. There’s little apparent acidity until the wine begins to warm in the glass, then its lemon-wrapped tartness comes through on the palate and in the finish. Recommended. BSE