A mix of elegance and muscle. Surprisingly dark ruby color in the glass. A nose of overripe raspberries and blackberries is almost misleading as this is not a fruit bomb. The fruit is not shy on the palate with some back hints of cinnamon and allspice, but the tannins play their supporting role very well. The majority carignane plays well with others in the blend. The finish is long but not extended. A really lovely and intriguing offering. Try it with roast duck.

WHO: Bonny Doon Vineyards
WHAT: Red blend: carignane (55%), grenache (15%), mourvedre (15%), petite syrah (7%), zinfandel (5%)m syrah (3%)
WHERE: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $14 (media sample)

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Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas is a longtime professional journalist and onetime senior correspondent at the Voice of America who spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, including many of the world's wine regions. He served as wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, and has written about wine and spirits for Wine Spectator and other publications. Thomas now lives in Florida, where he continues to taste and write about wine and spirits for PalatePress.com. He describes himself as "ombibulous."

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