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2008 Azienda I Greppi Bolgheri Greppicante

This is still a very young wine, softening and adding layers hours after popping the cork. Decant this with lead time and enthusiastic splashing. Otherwise, it will disappoint when first opened, showing a tart to the point of puckering, tannic enough to make the mouth an arid desert. Three hours later, the cabernet aromas and flavors are shining through, with blackcurrant, black berry, leather, and a touch of tar, along with very pretty violet florals. It remains tight and high-toned after several hours of air. Save for at least another five years, though ten is recommended. Drink with a well-marbled ribeye steak. Highly Recommended. DH
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NV Patrice Colin Les Perles d’Anne-Sophie

Interesting nose showing apples with a light background of wood smoke. Baked pear with a lemon background lead on the attack. The Pineau d’Aunis makes its presence known on the mid-palate, with pencil lead and wood smoke. It is full-bodied with a mid-length finish. Acids are quite bright. Drink with smoked trout to match the smoky flavors, or sea bass for contrast. Recommended. DH
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2008 Cade Cabernet Sauvignon

A CaliCultCab, and if that's your bag, at just fifty bucks this is Highly Recommended. If it's not, then you're buying the wrong bottle. Drink with people who don't know you bought it at Costco. DH