Estancia 2000 California Merlot ($13.49)
Dark garnet, almost black at the center. Appetizing cherry and dark-chocolate aromas lead into a ripe, juicy black-cherry fruit flavor shaped by crisp acidity. Not overly complex, but good balance and structure yield an approachable Merlot that fares well with food. US Importer: (Apr 27, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Best with steaks or burgers, but proved a fine match with a meatless evening meal of scrambled eggs with sharp Cheddar melted in and a small side dish of spaghetti tossed with fresh arugula, butter and garlic.

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