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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Mad Dogs & Englishmen 2005

Mad-DogsRustic but satisfying, the Mad Dogs & Englishmen 2005 (Jumilla, Spain; $10) opens with an herbal tobacco nose. What follows is a medium-bodied wine with flavors of dried cherries and dark berries, supported by plenty of firm tannins; the finish is quite dry. A Monastrell / Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz blend, this wine would really shine with grilled sausages or pinchitos. (If you make pinchitos, you'll want to make a dipping sauce for them). No Englishmen appear on the label, but there is a Jack Russell Terrier — perhaps a potential playmate for Jane!
M. Zane Grey, 10:15 AM