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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Chateau Norbert 1996 Cotes de Bourg ($9.99)
Dark garnet color. Spicy oak aromas dominate simple black fruit. Good, juicy black-cherry flavor, better on the palate than the nose predicts; full and tart in a long, clean finish. The tart acidity and ripe fruit make it a particularly good match with thick pork chops braised in a quick sauce of fresh Roma tomatoes and sage. It's 100 percent Merlot and "unfiltered," according to the label info. Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils Ltd., Winchester, Va. (Sept. 15, 1997)

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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