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Penfolds 1995 Old Vine Barossa Valley Shiraz-Mourvèdre-Grenache ($16.99)
Very dark ruby color, almost black. Spicy oak and black-fruit aromas with earthy notes of leather and "forest floor," perhaps signaling the Mourvèdre. Delicous fresh-fruit flavor, clean and tart; cherry-berry and apple-skin elements with pleasant earthy nuances that follow the nose. U.S. importer: Southcorp Wines North America, Monterey, Calif. (Sept. 2, 1998)
FOOD MATCH: Good match with lamb chops with garlic and rosemary.
Penfolds 1996 Bin 2 South Eastern Australia Shiraz/85%-Mourvèdre/15% ($9.99)
LABEL NOTES: A blend predominantly from Swan Hill and the Barossa Valley districts of South Eastern Australia. Curiously for a modest wine, the back label suggests that the wine be both decanted and "breathed," to separate it from its sediment and to open in the glass or decanter.
FOOD MATCH: Excellent with pan-grilled strip steaks and onions.
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