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Food and drink: The case of the cellar dwellers

When patience and restraint pays big rewards



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Seghesio Zinfandel 2008, Sonoma County, California, United States $37

Tons of fruit and concentration here that bodes well for the cellar. (10-20 years)

Perrin Vacqueyras Les Christins Côtes du Rhône 2007, Rhone Valley, France $27

A good red from a great vintage that will improve even more over time. (3-5 years)

Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2008, Coastal Region, South Africa $18

Eight months in French oak sets up this fruity red for a 10-year run in bottle. (5-10 years)

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, California, United States $24

Quality and value that is built to improve for another five years. (5-8 years)

1884 Reservado Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina $17

Supple, smoky, olive, cherry jam red that will be sensational in four years. (5-7 years)

Longue-Dog Grenache Syrah 2008 Languedoc, Southern France $13

A meaty, peppery, black raspberry, floral red that will improve with a bit of aging (1-2 years)


Anthony Gismondi is a globetrotting wine writer who makes his home in West Vancouver, British Columbia. For more of his thoughts on wine log onto



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