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2005 Penman Springs Vineyard Meritage

This is a very pleasantly juicy, reasonably-priced meritage. Cherries overly blackcurrant flavors, while dark chocolate, tobacco, and eucalyptus appear on the mid-palate. Tannins and acids are well balanced, and moderate, and the finish has a pleasant mintiness behind the mixed red and black fruits. Drink with duck.
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2006 Rodney Strong Symmetry

This is a huge, exuberant bottle of wine.  Elderberries, blueberries, dark chocolate, hickory smoke, and black cherries are restrained, but just barely, by tobacco from the Cabernet Franc. Tannins are sweet and...
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2006 Newton Red Label Claret

Try this- make a laminated board out of several layers of oak and cedar. Dribble three drops of vanilla extract on it, let it soak in. Now, place one blackcurrant, just one, on the ground and smack it with the ...