Category Archives: California Shenandoah Valley

PICK of the RACK: Dillian Wines | Barbera | Amador County | California | 2010 | $26 | 91 pts

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Aromas: black cherry and plum; cocoa; cola Character: dry & full-bodied; rich & fruit-driven; moderate tannins; vibrant acids; smooth, supple mouth feel; subtle oak Flavors: plums sautéed in butter; dark fruit compote; chocolate; macadamia nut; vanilla-tinged oak Food Pairing: mild-medium sharp cheeses; tomato-based Italian fare; Barbeque; roasted meats … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Jeff Runquist Wines | 1448 | Red Blend | California | 2010 | $20 | 86 pts

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Aromas:  dried blueberries; black pepper; woodsmoke Character:  dry; full-bodied; earthy; toasty; tangy; medium tannins and acids Flavors:  spiced plum; fire-roasted tomato; cured tobacco; dark chocolate covered roasted coffee beans Food Pairing: BBQ/smoked meats; hamburgers and other grilled fare; ratatouille; smoked cheeses   A Wine … Continue reading

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