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2011 Revelry Vintners The Reveler Red Blend 

Columbia Valley, Washington

Retail $18-$19

Washington is the nation's third-largest wine-producing state, after California and New York, and is working to raise its profile. Wines like The Reveler from Revelry Vintners should help that mission. The wine is a Bordeaux-style blend, with cabernet sauvignon (60 percent), cabernet Franc (18 percent), merlot (12 percent), petit verdot (6 percent) and malbec (4 percent). For the 2011 vintage, the growing season began with bracingly cold weather followed by a warm summer and late harvest, resulting in a wine of great balance with ripe, robust fruit and superb acidity. In the cellar, the wine was barrel fermented in 35 percent new French oak and spent 18 months in wooden casks. In the glass, taste black cherry, blackberry, ground herbs and pepper, with lavender and cooked fruit on the nose. Chill the wine to 59 degrees and decant 20 minutes before serving. Drink it with rare steak, wild game, roast beef, meaty stews, pizza, burgers and firm cheeses. Buy it at: Rouses on Tchoupitoulas Street, The Wine Seller and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket

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