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2008 Coca I Fito

Here is a elegant and earthy red from Spain’s Catalonian region and the Montsant D.O. Very tight when first opened, with aromas of bittersweet chocolate and black tea. It gives up its secrets slowly and you’ll be rewarded by keeping it in the glass and returning to it. It slowly opens up on the palate with layers of dark blackberries and spice (cumin, for one). This wine would work well with grilled kebabs or even Indian food.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week (Jan 24-28): 2007 Domaine La Bastide Syrah

This is a real Old World Syrah, dark garnet in color and notes of earthiness, leather, and smoked game. On the attack the fruit is all blackberry, but it softens into raspberry and cherries on the mid-palate. The finish has a lingering smokiness. There is a very slight off-putting mothball odor on the nose, but it does not translate to the palate. It may blow off over time ... and it did. Very interesting. Drink with a thick, rare, sloppy burger.
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2007 Domaine La Bastide Syrah

This is a real Old World Syrah, dark garnet in color and notes of earthiness, leather, and smoked game. On the attack the fruit is all blackberry, but it softens into raspberry and cherries on the mid-palate. The finish has a lingering smokiness. There is a very slight off-putting mothball odor on the nose, but it does not translate to the palate. It may blow off over time, and it did. Very interesting. Drink with a thick, rare, sloppy burger.
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2008 Razor’s Edge Shiraz

For those who fear wine websites only review wines they like, a tit-for-tat deal to ensure the steady flow of free samples, read on. Stewed cherries, black raspberries, and artificial vanilla flavor create a mish-mash that cannot be recommended. The Palate Press Grand Tasting panel awarded this an overly-generous two out of five stars.
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2006 Deerfield Ranch Red Rex

This red blend is a real Frankenwine, lots of different parts sewn together creating a bit of a monster. Candied cherry shines through on the nose from the Sangiovese, but on the palate the Syrah blasts its way to the fore. Smoked meat, blackberries, and sage are there, but they're fighting it out with the Cabernet's blackcurrants and black cherry from the Merlot. Tannins are powerful to the point of harsh. Acids are just as big. The two together, along with the kitchen sink blend, make for an aggressive mouthful of wine. It might settle down settle down and knit together in five to ten years, but right now if you put it in your mouth it just tries to fight its way out to look for a village to burn and a kid to throw in the river.
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2009 Hahn Winery GSM

A very juicy fruit-forward wine sprinkled with white pepper and allspice. Blackberries and figs lead the attack, giving way to black cherry cola, pepper, and vanilla on the mid-palate. Tannins are sweet and smooth. Acid is quite powerful, even a little bit tingly, but should settle down over time. Drink with pork roast.
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2005 Viu Manent Syrah Secreto

An interesting wine. It's northern Rhône on the nose, all smoke and olives, but on the palate, it is Golden State all the way. Figs, plums, and black cherry are shouldered aside by very sweet mocha and caramel. The mouth feel is very soft. There is little acid, leaving the wine just a little bit out of balance, but very reasonably priced. Drink with a sloppy barbecued beef sandwich and fries.