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Red Guitar Old Vine Tempranillo Garnacha

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Red Guitar Old Vine Tempranillo Garnacha 2008
Navarra, Spain

This Spanish blend (52% Tempranillo, 48% Grenache) is harmonious and complex, with flavors that strike deep and long. Purple-red in color; rich, ripe scent of blackberries and spice; boysenberry on the tip of the tongue with oak and pepper in the middle. The finish has a bitter, mineral character that might be a bit off-putting for some, but also adds a welcome touch of spunk. $9 from Vons.

Blason de Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2008

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Blason de Bourgogne Pinot NoirI really need to explore French wines in greater depth. I’ve enjoyed many, but can never keep those elaborate names straight (yes, I know–horribly American of me; somewhere out there, a Frenchman is farting in my general direction). Which is a terrible reason to shy away from one of the great wine cultures of the world. I am not proud of this.

Here’s an interesting Pinot–can’t pronounce it to save my life, but you might want to try it. It’s a light, crystal-clear reddish brown, with a delicious aroma of cherries and vanilla. Medium bodied, as most Pinots are, with soft tannins and lovely structure. Plum and cedar notes, and a raspberry flavor on the tip of the tongue. The cranberry finish was too piquant for my tastes, so I’d definitely recommend drinking it with food to tame that tart touch. Loaded with personality, with a little bit of an edge…not a reliable crowd pleaser, but will make for satisfying sipping for those with an adventurous palate.

Blason de Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2008

Enlace by Liparita Cabernet Sauvignon

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Enlace Cabernet 2008 at Costco

So Lisa was curious what this amazing bottle cost [link]. It turns out this is not a bottle you can just Google for and the cute UPS guy shows up and pours you a glass next day.

Answer is that you can find these at the Costco in Westlake Village, California for $17.

Da Vinci Chianti, 2008

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Da Vinci Chianti2008

Ah, chianti…that unassuming pizza and pasta standard best drunk from an old fashioned glass. Well, break out the Riedel, because Da Vinci elevates the light and lively varietal to an impressive level of sophistication. Smells so good — berries and plums and spice. It’s a study in contrasts, too. Deep, dark red color…but light legs. Medium bodied…but chewy tannins and a dry, leathery finish. Lush with strawberry and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Surprisingly luscious and balanced. A Renaissance masterpiece!

Da Vinci 2006 Riserva Chianti – Sangiovese Red Wine Note, this is a different vintage.

Martin Ray Pinot Noir

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Santa Barbara County

Vanilla and spice and everything nice! This festive, garnet-hued beauty is loaded with warm vanilla, toasty oak, allspice and nutmeg. The smooth tannins have just enough leather and pepper to keep the wine from getting too jammy, and a hint of berry rounds things out nicely. A well-structured, easy-drinking, satiny pinot that’s perfect for the holidays!

Martin Ray 2008 Santa Barbara Pinot Noir – Red Wine

Enlace 2008 Cabernet

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Enlace 2008Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon

Take a deep sniff, and you’ll be thinking turkey dinner at the Bradys. Cranberry sauce is the front runner here–and I don’t mean the homemade stuff. Think Grandma opening a can and sliding the gelatinous form onto the Princess House crystal serving boat.

Which totally belies every other characteristic of this luscious and refined wine. Yes, it’s lighter bodied compared to most Cabs, but Enlace has *so* much going on! Sophisticated, cultured, a touch courtly, maybe–don’t even *think* “big and jammy.” That deep, inky red color seems practically medieval, like papal vestments or royal robes. Surrender to the fruit-forward boysenberries; savor the dark chocolate and clove; let your tongue be seduced by the smooth tannins and leather; embrace the long, elegant finish. Enlace demands to be taken seriously.