($35) Good deep red with ruby highlights. Sexy aromas of ripe cherry, dark raspberry, cola, spices, licorice and herbs. Deep, brooding and sappy, with strong spice notes of cinnamon and star anise adding nuance to the cherry, raspberry and cola flavors. Finishes tactile and long, with broad, ripe tannins and no easy sweetness. This might work very well with Hunan dishes. (Meadowbank Estates, Alexandria, VA)
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