E. Guigal 2000 Crozes-Hermitage ($15.99)
Very dark garnet, almost black; clear reddish-purple at the edge. Plum and pepper aromas, rather closed at first, but opens up and adds more complex notes of tarragon and leather with swirling and time in the glass. Lots of flavor: Black, plummy fruit and spice with plenty of acidity and underlying tannins. Will gain complexity with time, but drinking well now. US Importer: Ex-Cellars Wine Agencies Inc., Solvang, Calif. (Oct 5, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: An excellent match with wine-marinated, pan-grilled lamb steak (tranche de gigot).

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