Lustau Los Arcos Amontillado

Lustau Los Arcos Amontillado

Made from 100 percent Palomino grapes, the Los Arcos Amontillado shows a pretty, bright bronze color in the glass. Delicious walnut aromas with a hint of brown sugar fill the nose; walnuts and soft lemon flavors fill the mouth. It’s dry with no apparent sweetness, but its luscious medium-bodied nutty character and mouth-watering acidity offers a good example of Amontillado.

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Trick or treat: Wine tariffs land today

The tariff will add $100 to the $398 price for a bottle of Chateau Cos d'Estournel.

No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, I don’t think you’re going to be overjoyed about the Trump Administration’s tariffs that go into force today. The tariffs will add an immediate 25 percent tax on French, German and Spanish wines, as well as Parmesan cheese, mussels, coffee, single-malt whiskeys and other agricultural goods from Europe.

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Ruffino “Aziano” Chianti Classico

Ruffino Aziano

A distinct high-toned edge of volatile acidity has to rate as a flaw amid the characteristic Chianti black cherries, plums, and dried cherries in this Ruffino “Aziano” Chianti Classico. On the palate it’s mouth-filling with juicy black fruit firmly contained by food-friendly acidity and considerable tannic astringency. This is a real food wine, perhaps better at the table than sipped alone.

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Antinori “Santa Cristina” Toscana

Santa Cristina

A pretty, clear garnet color in the glass, this nicely balanced Santa Cristina Toscana blend of 90 percent Sangiovese with a splash of Merlot offers clean and fresh aromas of black cherries and a hint of raspberries. Juicy black fruit surrounded by clean, food-friendly acidity makes for a nicely balanced wine that serves well at the dinner table.

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B.R. Cohn Russian River Valley Chardonnay

B.R.Cohn

The fresh-fruit aromas of this clear, straw-color B.R. Cohn Chardonnay start with nectarines and pears, a hint of tangerine, and a subtle back note of oak. Bright and freshly acidic on the palate, medium-bodied green-apple flavors joining the chorus with a touch of citrus. It’s dry and appropriately acidic, with a snappy, food-friendly finish.

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