Penfolds 2001 Bin 2 South Eastern Australia Shiraz-Mourvèdre ($9.99)
Very dark reddish-purple with ruby glints. Peppery black fruit and pleasant floral aromas add a "green" nuance that's hard to pin down: Sappy, leafy, something like anise. Mouth-filling and bright, its flavor shows black fruit and piercing acidity that curls the sides of your tongue. Great with food, if a bit on the tart side for sipping by itself. A blend of 60% Shiraz and 40% Mourvèdre. US Importer: PWG Vintners USA Inc., Napa, Calif. (Feb 21, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: A natural match with beef; I served it with medium-rare ribeye steaks laced with plenty of black pepper.



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