Hedges 2000 Columbia Valley Red Wine ($13.49)
This red wine from Washington State offers a mixed blend of Bordeaux grapes (58% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc) with just a taste of the Rhone (8% Syrah). Very dark garnet in color, it shows black-cherry and vanilla aroma notes with a hint of fresh herbs - tarragon, perhaps. Swirling brings up the fruit and a distinct note of dark chocolate. Flavors follow the nose, medium-bodied black fruit laced up with snappy, lemon-squirt acidity. US Importer: (Mar 14, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Good with pan-roasted pork chops, but has the stuffing to stand up to more robust meats such as roast lamb or beef.

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