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2012 Redux: Tasting Wine, Broadly Speaking

Editor's note: "We taste wine with four of our five senses: sight, smell, touch, and taste" but the same wine "tasted" by two people will not be perceived identically. And how do we explain sights, aromas and flavors in our glass? Author Meg Maker takes us through the vocabulary of wine, showing us what we have in common when we experience a wine — and how to express it. –Becky Sue Epstein, Editor
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Bonny Doon Contra

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.