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De Conciliis, Paestum IGT Donnaluna, Aglianico 2004 There’s a sense of cola and black fruits and this grape’s tannic grip, on the astringent side of the road. I really tried to give this wine a fair shake but it just doesn’t have enough stuffing to keep up with its very astringent profile. 13.5% $15.49 at Bottle Barn

Cantine Terranera, Taurasi DOCG 2002 Meat and spices like fennel dominate the nose while the mouth is as tannic as you’d expect with the extract to fill it out – very long. Give it some time to air upon opening. 13% $38 at Traverso’s

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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