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Apr 30, 2009 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Colibri Ridge 2005 Rufou Red

• I found another really nice wine that drinks like one that costs twice as much! John Alexander at Colibri Ridge Winery in Fair Play has been making fine local wines for about nine years. Located on a slight ridge up Slug Gulch Road, the spot was not chosen for the fantastic views of the Sacramento Valley, but for the perfectly rich soils. These soils produce great fruit and you can really see the quality in this 2005 Rufou Red. A Bordeaux-style wine produced from all locally grown fruit, the wine is soft and supple from the blending of the varietals. It is easy to drink now, as it is low in tannin and possesses a fantastic character that pairs well with both lighter foods such as grilled meats and steamed vegetables or with more robust fare with rich sauces and glazes. The 2005 Rufou Red is a steal at under $15, and worth the trip to the beautiful property to find it!

Russell Reyes is a freelance writer and wine connoisseur. His blog is

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