Cedar Mountain 1998 Port Royale Red (California)
This attempt to marry Cabernet Sauvignon and traditional Port grapes is noble, but falls flat. The sweet chocolatey flavors of the Port grapes jar with the herbal notes of the Cabernet, resulting in a clash the sensitive palate recoils from.
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