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1995 JP Vinhos Quinta da Bacalhoa Cabernet Sauvignon Terras do Sado
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89 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 1999

Saturated dark red. Superripe, highly nuanced nose combines spicy black raspberry, plum, tar, smoke and cinnamon. Full-bodied and lush, with the cassis and spice flavors complicated by a deep gamey richness. Very ripe and very long, with tannins buried in fruit. This is more accessible today than a bottle tasted 12 months ago. Long on character, and a lot of wine for the price. Try this as a ringer in a ripe-year Bordeaux tasting.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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