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2008 La Capra Pinotage

January 27, 2011

The Frugal Vintner hasn’t had the opportunity to try a new bottle of wine in about a week or so. For tonight we chose a Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Pinotage is South Africa’s signature grape, and the 2008 La Capra Pinotage (presented by Fairview) is a great example of the varietal.

A medium ruby in color, the nose of the La Capra presents leather, blackberry, and pepper, with a faint hint of cedar. Medium bodied, the wine is perfectly balanced, with a smooth finish that retains all the fruit that the nose promised.

The cost of the bottle runs between $11 and $13.50. This is a very good bottle of wine for the price. It reminded both me and the Vintner’s Husband of some of the reds we enjoyed last fall in the Santa Ynez valley. If you can only drink one bottle of wine this week, make it this one!

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