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2002 Tasca d'Almerita Cabernet Sauvignon Contea di Sclafani
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2005

($50) Dark ripe fruits and light herbal notes on the nose; the warm oakiness is not as intrusive as in the Rosso del Conte. Lush in the mouth, with pleasant suggestions of somewhat overripe fruit. This is another cult wine: the 1992 and 1990 vintages in particular are always sought after by Italian wine enthusiasts.

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Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines; sweet wines and dessert wines.
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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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