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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Clancy's Clancy's 1997 Barossa (Australia) Red Wine ($18.99)
Inky dark reddish-purple. Blueberry and spicy aromas show plenty of fruit and plenty of oak. Full, fragrant and peppery black-fruit flavors are built on a sturdy framework of very tart, almost sour acidity and powerful (14%) alcohol, making a table wine that really needs food to show its best, but softens a bit and shows considerable interest as it opens in the glass. (The label indicates that it's a blend of 62% Shiraz, 15% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc. U.S. importer: Appellations Imports LLC, Annapolis Junction, Md. (July 9, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: A natural partner with medium-rare filet mignons pan-grilled with red wine.

Red Ochre D'Arenberg 1996 Red Ochre McLaren Vale (Australia) Red Wine ($7.99) Best buy!
Dark ruby in color, this hearty red breathes grapey and fragrant black-pepper aromas, exuberant Grenache fruit on the nose and palate. Full and ripe, another alcoholic powerhouse at 13.9%, showing good body and length, this is no wimpy wine. If it's not fancy -- and it doesn't pretend to be -- it's certainly impressive for the price, showing a lot more character than you'd expect for $8. U.S. importer: Old Bridge Cellars, San Francisco (July 8, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with grilled duck breasts dusted with a touch of Asian spice.

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