Charles Shaw 2000 California Merlot ($2.00)
Very dark purple, almost black. Appetizing ripe-cherry and dark chocolate aromas lead into a big, mouth-filling flavor, a burst of fruit followed by pleasantly tart acidity and soft tannins, with distinct vegetal "green-bean" notes showing up with time in the glass. US Importer: (Jan 19, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Good with red meat, worked here with an exotic Korean-Japanese take on brats and kraut.

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