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Tablas Creek Vineyards 2005 "Vin de Paille Sacrrouge"
Jeffery Cross

Bottled seduction

This is no wine to sip politely. Gulp it, pour it over yourself, surrender sense to it.

The only one of its kind in the world, Tablas Creek Vineyard’s 2005 “Vin de Paille Sacrérouge” (Paso Robles; $45, 375 ml.) is made from 100 percent Mourvèdre grapes.

They were spread out on straw to dry for several weeks, concentrating all their dark cherry, plum, fig, and chocolate flavors in a precious little bit of juice (a method traditional in the Mediterranean for making white dessert wine).

Then the grapes were stomped by foot. How sensual is that?

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