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Monday, April 14, 2008

Baby Roogle Red 2006

Roogle RedAs far as critter labels go, you've got to hand it to Marquis Philips. They've managed to make an icon out of a non-existent creature (I've never seen one, anyway), the Roogle, and somehow make it even more believable by putting an illustration of one in its juvenal phase on their bottles of Roogle Red 2006.

The Roogle, which symbolizes the Australian-American partnership behind the Marquis Philips line, is a formidable beast — half kangaroo, half eagle — and is a fitting mascot for the S2 Cabernet, Shiraz 9, Sarah's Blend, the other wines on whose labels it appears. And judging by the Roogle Red, they're big and powerful even when they're young.

Roogle Red is a blend of Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon which has been aged in oak for a year. It's very dark in color, huge in body, and oaky and plummy in flavor. It has a little heat straight out of the bottle — related, perhaps, to the 15 percent alcohol content — but that moderates quickly (or maybe you just don't care anymore) and the wine becomes a real pleasure to drink.

Roogle Red is about $10 a bottle, which makes it a great candidate for quaffing on the deck with friends, washing down cheeseburgers, or just having a couple of relaxing glasses in the evening. Hooray for ornithosupials!
J. Silverheels Gray, 8:32 PM


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