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Bleasdale 2005 “Franks Potts” Red

This 89% Cab blend from the Land Down Under is rich and big and lush but still hangs together far better than you’d expect of a  mid-price Aussie Cabernet blend. 

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As a kid, I used to obsess over the night-before crawl of school names; they ran across the bottom of the TV screen during the 11 o’clock news. I’d click my …

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Goulart 2007 “The Marshall” Malbec

From Lujan de Cuyo, one of Mendoza’s prime locations, comes this powerful red that works both independently or with manly-man food like steak or short ribs. Protein! Beefcake!

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Bodegas Benegas 2005 “Libertad Red”

With 35% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc (the latter from 100+-year-old vines) and the rest Merlot, this gorgeous Argentinean red is everything you’d hope for in a Bordeaux-style blend as …

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Eddie Feraud 2005 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

What a polished, silky, modern wine, amazingly appealing now but with years of evolution ahead of it. The nose is rich with deeply stewed fruit, cigar tobacco, and an underlying note …

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Kris 2006 Merlot, Alto Adige

Dark and smokey fruit in a lighter style red. One of the most balanced wines in this price range I have tasted recently.

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Veuve Moisans Cuvee Brut Rose

The nose of this refreshing pink sparkler wears its red-berry fruit lightly, which allows a hint of mushroom and thyme to come through relatively unimpeded. The palate, however, is all strawberry, …

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Cusumano 2004 “Benuara”, Sicily

Nero d’Avola has slowly gained credence as THE red grape of Sicily, combined here with Syrah to produce an interesting IGT wine that tones down the sometimes jammy, chewy quality of …

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Niepoort 2001 Vertente, Douro (PR)

The wines of Niepoort exemplify how much potential northern Portugal has, and the Vertente’s seamless integration of native grape varieties with a decidedly New World sensibility is nothing short of magical. …

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Di Majo Norante 2002 Ramitello

This wine, made from 80% Montepulciano and 20% Aglianico, is not for the faint of heart. The nose is a rich combination of cloves, blackberry, orange peel, and a bit of …

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