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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 an...