Domaine Dupeuble 2002 Beaujolais Nouveau ($9.99)
Dark ruby color with brilliant glints of purple. Surprisingly earthy, truffle and cooked beet notes surround ripe cherries on the nose and palate; juicy and tart, sour-cherry fruit and a lemon-squirt of acidity make for a gulpable wine, good with food. That earthy, beet-like quality is idiosyncratic, though:. It reminds me of Beaujolais from Cotes-de-Brouilly, and I like it. My wife calls it "dirty," and doesn't approve. US Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Nov 26, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with roast chicken.

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