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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Peter Lehmann 1995 "The Barossa" Barossa (Australia) Shiraz ($11.99)
Inky dark garnet color, almost black. Delicious chocolate aroma over ripe black fruit. Full and ripe, flavors follow the nose, black fruit and chocolate and a whiff of "weedy dill" that suggests time in American oak. In a blind tasting, I suspect I'd mistake it for a Cabernet rather than a Shiraz, but it's definitely appetizing in the oaky Australian style. U.S. importer: Appellation Imports, Annapolis Junction, Md. (Feb. 4, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Surprisingly fetching with a spaghetti-and-asparagus frittata; although eggs are often a tough match for wine, the fruit seemed to highlight the eggy flavor of the frittata while the asparagus tidbits heightened the herbaceous quality in the wine.

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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