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May 22, 2005

02 Showket Vineyards, Napa Valley Oakville Asante Sana

This is an over-the-top "Super Tuscan" blend of ripe sangiovese and burnt cabernet. It takes me back to last week drinking Cennatoio Arcibaldo (thanks, Luke!) with its raunchy, ripe South African/Aussie-style cab nose of cocoa steak, leather, and alcohol. The palate is dark and lingering, like an unconfessed sin, with spicy stewed cherries, rare lamb, raspberry flan, and unsweetened cococa. "Asante sana" means "thank you"; the wine's not quite that friendly.


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