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Francis Coppola 2007 Alicante Bouchet Lodi (California) 

An esoteric grape from a prolific producer, alicante bouchet is a throwback to Prohibition days when people clandestinely crafted wine in their bathtubs. One of the only grapes that yields actual red juice, the wine can be rich and lush when made right. This one, made from 85-year-old vines, is light-hearted but has a serious side: Blackberry, black cherry, cinnamon and vanilla with a slap of tannic leather on the finish. $16. 4 stars. This wine is featured in this week's Corkscrew column - Real Men Drink Wine for the Superbowl.
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