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WINE OF THE WEEK

2001 Aia Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

December 14, 2005|S. Irene Virbila

A classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet, Merlot and a little Cabernet Franc, Aia comes from Miner Family Vineyards in Napa Valley. For a Napa Valley Cabernet of this quality, it's a steal. It has everything going for it -- a mouthful of berries and spice, a touch of French oak and smooth, ripe tannins. A great bottle for the holiday table that both wine aficionados and novices can get behind.

It should suit a standing rib roast or the Christmas goose as well as a terrific burger. Drink it now, or cellar a few bottles to see how it matures.

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Quick swirl

Region: Napa Valley

Price: About $25

Style: Soft and lush

Food it goes with: Roasted and grilled meats, poultry

Where you find it: Available at fine wine retailers throughout Southern California

-- S. Irene Virbila

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