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Staff Pick

Shinn Estate "Wild Boar Doe" - 2016

Item # 26462 750mL
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Tasting Notes

A playful “wild” Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. A spicy and aromatic blend showing flavors of black pepper and blackberry. Try it with highly seasoned stews, roasted meats, and full-flavored cheeses.

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Staff Pick Notes

It took me a minute to catch on to Shinn Estate's pun with its "Wild Boar Doe" blend of traditional red Bordeaux varietals. Don't feel bad; I didn't get it, either. But all joking aside, this Bordeaux-styled red blend out of New York is surprisingly pleasing and complex. Ripe red and black fruit-forward with a specific blackberry note; this wine will follow with desirable earthiness and appealing spice. An hour in the decanter will open up a whole new set of aromas, including wet rock and cedar. Dark, brooding, and full-bodied, this wine will leave you wanting for nothing. Keep an eye on Shinn Estate. Their wines continue to impress.

- CS

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