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Morgan 2010 Cotes Du Crow's Monterey

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This impressive wine is even better when you consider the price. A blend of 55 percent Syrah and 45 percent Grenache, the grapes were grown in central and southern Monterey County where daytime temperatures are typically warmer. Intensely hued, the rich, ripe fruit flavors are nicely balanced and delicious. Aromas and flavors of blackberries, plums, and black cherries are nicely nuanced with tangy notes of boysenberries and spice. Aged in French oak, 14 percent new, it enhances this fruity wine without overpowering it. The winery recommends it with anything off the grill, but I suggest steaks, quail, or lamb chops. Available at Tastes of the Valleys Pismo Beach for $18 retail, and it’s available by the glass or bottle at Luis Wine Bar in SLO.

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