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Rainbow Ridge Wines Alicante Bouschet 2001

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"Though the variety is considered rustic, this alicante transcends it simple fruit with a warmth you can feel at the back of your throat as all the flavor radiates in the finish. Yes, the fruit is simple and grapey, but beautifully presented with oak having creamed the tannins to leave that black fruit warmth. Finely textured and structured, well worth some time in the cellar." Wines & Spirits Magazine

"The only Rainbow Ridge wine pro-duced so far is a $20 Alicante Bouschet, but Chardonnay and Merlot will follow, Costa says. All of the grapes come from a vineyard in Lodi that's owned by Costa's cousin. Before Costa started the winery with his business and life partner, Tom Beatty, the grapes were sold to Gallo and the Bronco Wine Company. Gay-themed or not, the Alicante Bouschet is quite good—one of the best of that variety I've ever had. I gave it a 91-point rating on Wine Enthusiast's 100-point scale. Costa says Rainbow Ridge started with Alicante because "it was something different and unique, like us gay people." Only 2,000 cases of the 2001 Alicante were produced, but Costa says Rainbow Ridge is aiming at producing 24,000 cases, of a range of varietals, by next year, with all of the grapes coming from his cousin's vineyard." -Wine Enthusiast

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