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Today's Wine Tasting Note

© Copyright 1998 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.

It's awfully hard for me to resist making a pun about my enjoyment of this tasty Spanish red being somewhat quixotic ...

Casa Gualda 1995 Crianza Cencibel-Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Red Wine of La Mancha ($7.99)
Very dark ruby. Black fruit and dark chocolate aromas with highlights of orange peel and spice, absolutely delicious on the nose. The palate doesn't quite uphold the aroma's promise, but it's a serviceable wine, with juicy black-fruit flavors structured with crisp acidity, and quite impressive for the single-digit price. U.S. importer: Cutting Edge Selections, Cincinnati. (March 2, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Startlingly good with a Mideastern chicken-rice pilaf accented with cinnamon and allspice; the spicy nuances of the wine and the entree form a marriage made in heaven.

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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