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Marques de Caceres - Rosado
Dark robe, substantial Tempranillo fruit but very refreshing. Delightful on a warm Summer evening, and a good pairing with Manchego.
Santa Carolina - Carmenere Reserva de Familia
Solid. Rich, unctuous, dark fruit framed by ample tannins and acidity. New world in style without going over the top. A great pairing with any type of grilled meat. Would buy again.
Terredora di Paolo - Fiano di Avellino
Soft on the palate with a big bouquet of lemon, verbena, white flowers and spring peas. Very refreshing in a soft kind of way. A good value.
Vaissiere - Minervois
This was firm, dark-fruited and substantial with a long finish, but ultimately did not express the Minervois terroir as much as I hoped it would. Flavors were sharp and rather non-descript (and not because this was a young bottle). Not sure if additional bottle age will help. That being the case, I will leave this bottling unscored until I see how future bottles perform.
Coulet - Petit Ours Brun
Deep, dark and slightly exotic, I tried this based on the salesperson's assertion that it drinks like a Cornas, even though it's a CdR. His description was indeed accurate. A great value and will buy again. Good now, even better in 2016.