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2011 Santa Julia Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 

Mendoza, Argentina

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$12-$13 Retail

A good everyday wine, this 100 percent cabernet sauvignon was produced by the highly regarded Familia Zuccardi winery, now run by a third generation of winemakers. The Zuccardis are honing sustainable agriculture practices and use a state-of-the-art facility. Hand-picked fruit from the Uco Valley and Maipu subregions is macerated with selected yeasts for 10 days and aged 10 months in French oak. Well-balanced and medium- to full-bodied, the wine offers aromas of ripe blackberry, hints of oak, tobacco and pepper. On the palate, taste plum, cassis, currant and black cherry with herbal and spice notes and well-integrated tannins. For best flavor, open an hour before serving. Drink it with steak, lamb chops, roast duck, wild game, stewed rabbit, barbecued pork and spicy Italian fare. Buy it at: Whole Foods Markets, Fresh Market and Cost Plus World Markets.


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