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Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, cabernet franc and petit verdot
Stratus Vineyards
Food Pairing
Lamb, whether a roasted leg or grilled chops.

The name is intended to be descriptive of the wine. And so is the label image: one of those trick cigars that explodes in your face. According to the packaging, this is an "explosive" blend that will "catch you off guard." Maybe. It is, in any case, very good, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, cabernet franc and petit verdot from the excellent winemaker at Stratus Vineyards, J-L Groux. Full-bodied, at 14.8-per-cent alcohol, it's savoury-crisp, with dark fruit laced with white pepper and tangy herbs. Stylistically, it's sort of a cross between Rhone syrah and Loire Valley Chinon. Nice for lamb, whether a roasted leg or grilled chops. Available in Ontario.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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