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RN Estate 2008 Cuvée de Trois Cépages

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A classic Bordeaux blend, this young, bold wine offers aromas and flavors of plums, blackberries, cassis, and spices weaved with a tangy cherry note. Although it’s drinkable now, its firm tannins indicate great aging potential. It’s a cuvée of 67 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 17 percent Cabernet Franc, and 16 percent Merlot. Winemaker Roger Nicolas picks his grapes at lower sugar levels to retain natural acidity and keep the wine balanced. His goal is to make a handcrafted wine with a balance of flavors that are in harmony. This is delicious with equally bold meats that are roasted or grilled (skip the braised dishes) like quail, lamb, or beef. It’s $49.99 at Tastes of the Valleys, and $55 at rnestate.com.

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