Philippe Faury 1999 Saint-Joseph ($19.99)
Dark garnet. Fragrant black pepper and plummy fruit, characteristic Rhone Syrah. Ripe, plummy and tart flavor, with an appealing whiff of "garrigues," the herbal scent of Provence. Ripe fruit cloaks firm tannins, suggesting significant aging potential. US Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Jan 8, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Well paired with a chicken pilaf with pine nuts.

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