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The Wines of This Week's Tasting:

Tempranillo and Sangiovese - Compare and Contrast
February 8, 2017



2011 Franco-Espanolas Rioja Bordon  Reserva:  Bright ruby. Red fruits, light oak and an herbal touch. Medium body and balance.  Very Good Plus  19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99

2013 Dievole Chianti Classico: Deep ruby. Dark cherries, pepper and spice with a nice undertone of bramble. Full body.  Very Good Plus  18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Case, 16.14

2013 Numanthia Termes Toro: Deep ruby. Spicy dark fruit with muscular texture and chewy edges. A lot going on here.  Very Good to Excellent  32.00; Mixed Case, 28.80; Case, 27.20

2010 Castello di Cacchiano Chianti Classico Riserva: Medium bright ruby. Violets, cherries and earthy spice in a complex format with a touch of oak. Very Good to Excellent  30.00; Mixed Case, 26.99; Case, 25.49

2005 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Bosconia:  Ruby. Intense fruit but with subtlety and finesse. Polished and refined dark fruit with hints of vanilla and sandalwood.  Excellent   43.00; Mixed Case, 38.70; Case, 36.55

2004 Casanova della Spinetta Sassontino:  Ruby red. Minerals, spice, flowers frame  intense dark fruit with black cherry and mixed berries. Expressive with layers of flavor and a long fine finish.  Excellent    48.00; Mixed Case, 43.20; Case, 40.80

Compare & Contrast Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $326

Compare & Contrast Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $173


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