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PICK of the RACK: Skinner Vineyards | Petite Sirah | El Dorado County | California | 2010 | $36 | 90 pts

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Aromas: black pepper; Chinese 5-spice; graphite/pencil lead; cedar Character: dry; full-bodied; firm structure; earth/mineral-driven; bright acids & chewy tannins; integrated oak; 14.9% alcohol Flavors: blackberry; roasted red bell pepper; kalamata olive; bitters; lime zest; woodsmoke  Food Pairing: medium to sharp cheeses; grilled beef, lamb, and vegetables; roasted pork; … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Cedarville Vineyard | Cabernet Sauvignon | El Dorado County | California | 2007 | $29 | 90 pts

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Aromas:  deep, black cherry; cocoa; vanilla. Character:  dry; rich & full-bodied; fruit & earth in balance; medium tannins; medium acidity; well integrated oak. Flavors:  black currant; sweet cured tobacco; black tea; pepper & spice; graphite. Food Pairing:  sharp cheeses; steak; grilled … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Cedarville Vineyard | Grenache | El Dorado County | California | 2008 | $25 | 88 pts

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Aromas:  vibrant red berry fruit; chocolate; sandalwood. Character:  dry; fruit-driven; mid-weight; smooth mouthfeel; low tannin; medium acidity; light oak. Flavors: brandied cherries; cinnamon; tinge of mineral. Food Pairing:  soft, creamy cheeses; grilled meats & fish; tomato-based pasta dishes; delicious without food.   I recently had … Continue reading

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