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I know that Spring isn't here yet, and spring is the traditional time to drink Rose. But you don't have to wait for spring to stock up on--or even drink--this incredible and remarkably inexpensive wine. And here in New Jersey, it's like spring anyway. From South Africa, this is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and I don't know another Rose made from 100% Cab. It's dry but mouth-filling with a fruit bomb of red cherries, strawberries and pomegranates. This is not a wimpy Rose - it's a relatively big wine, and it'll stand up to a lot of food. You can find this wine at about $9-11.
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It's time for a white Wine of the Week. And this one's an amazing value. From the Rhone region of France, this wine (the name means "the old farm") has got White Grenache, Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanci, and Roussanne, and delivers flavors of green apple, lemon, and pear; nice and zesty but with enough backbone from the Grenache to give it some body. This is great wine when you've got a lot of people to serve and don't want to break the bank, and want to give 'em something other than some run-of-the-mill Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. You can find this wine at about $6-8. Really. Get some.
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OK, the names seem to be getting even longer. Sorry. But do try this 90% Carmenere / 10% Cabernet, the debut vintage of the line, which I tasted with the winemaker in 2009 shortly after its release. Even then it was already drinkable, and it's only gotten better: a deep purple, rich, blackberry and plum treat, well balanced, with ripe, chewy tannin and a wonderful finish. You can find this wine at about $18-21. It's a little above the range of wines I typically recommend, but worthy every penny. And the 2008 and 2009 are also outstanding if you can't lay your hands on an '07.
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In this wine, Italy does meet France. Argiano is an Italian winemaker with 120 acres of vines in Montalcino, Tuscany, and also produces a Bordeaux-style wine entirely from French grapes, in addition to three 100% Sangiovese wines. This is a full-bodied, very satisfying wine that a bunch of work colleagues and I enjoyed the other night at Eno Terra in Princeton. Forty percent Cab, and twenty percent each Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah, this is one of the most interesting blends I've ever tasted. Nice blackfruit, a touch of spice, noticeable but not overwhelming tannin and a really nice, long finish, this is a great wine with food or just by itself on a cold, winter night. Like we're having here…
I know, I know, the wine name is absurdly long. But trust me, it's great wine. Valpolicella is the region where the wine is made in northeastern Italy called the Veneto. The grapes are three - possibly three you've never heard of: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Sometimes called a "baby Amarone," the secret to this wine is the Ripasso method—a technique that passes the juice over the skins and seeds from an Amarone fermentation. This sets off another fermentation, taking the cherry fruit flavors of Valpolicella and creating a much richer, spicier wine with more tannin, and a bit more alcohol. You get lots of blackfruit, coffee, figs, and raisins, and much of the intensity and pleasure of Amarones at…
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