Rainbow Ridge 2001 Alicante Bouschet Red (California)
From Lodi grapes, a wine that's dark as midnight, and big. Plums, blackberries, cassis, tobacco and dried kitchen herb aromas. In the mouth, big, rich, intense and tannic, and dry as dust. It is just a baby, with plummy flavors, and will improve with cellaring through 2011. Notable for its balance, complexity and harmony.
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