A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"

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Wine of the Month: Chateau Sociando Mallet ’98 ($35) Haut-Medoc

November 25th, 2004

Over the last several months I have been tasting red Bordeaux from the 1998 vintage to find a special wine for the holidays. Last year I found some gems from 1996, but they are becoming harder to find, and more expensive. My favorite was Sociando Mallet, a delicious well rounded wine. It has a deep red color with luscious fruit and hints of cedar and coffee. This wine is a perfect balance of fruit, acidity, and structure. Although there are some tannins allowing the wine to age nicely for 5-10 years, it opens up very nicely after a half hour of decanting. Perfect for that special holiday meal.

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