Noble Vines 1 Red Blend California 2012, $15: Even if you pay full markup for this bottle, it’s worth every penny. It was made in a great vintage, is bone-dry, has great balance and doesn’t fall apart if you open and enjoy it one day and stuff the cork back in to finish the next. It has good weight and lively fruit. It’s a blend of Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of plum, cherry, dark currant, dark chocolate and spice are followed by matching flavors wrapped in supple tannins and oak, with a good spine of acidity. This dandy is perfectly delicious, especially if you let it sit in the glass and take in some oxygen. Find it at the supermarket; prices will vary.
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