And now for something completely different. This wine is from Sardinia, an Italian island, and it’s based on the Carignano (Carignane) grape, one you might have never tasted, with a few percent of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A very deep violet color, it’s matched by a depth in richness-with blackberry, leather and lots of spice, mouthfilling but not overwhelming tannin with enough acid to keep you refreshed and a very long finish. Opulent is the only way to describe this wine. Unlike most of my selections, unfortunately this one isn’t cheap, and you’ll have to spend between $30 and $50 at a good wine store (yes, the range can be that wide). But it’s worth it to try this outstanding…

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