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D'Arenberg 1996 The Ironstone Pressings McLaren Vale (Australia) Grenache/65%-Shiraz/35% ($19.99)
Inky dark reddish-purple, with grapey, jammy fruit aromas framed by hulking oak, almost as woody as the sawdust-laden atmosphere in a sawmill. Full and juicy black fruit flavors, so forward it almost seems sweet, with crisp acidity for balance. Oak, fruit and lemony acidity jockey for dominance in a long finish, with oak taking the lead at the wire. U.S. importer: Old Bridge Cellars, San Francisco. (Aug. 6, 1999)
FOOD MATCH: A hearty frittata filled with Italian sausage and potatoes stands up to the oak and makes a fair match.
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