Elyse 1999 California D l'Aventure ($18.99)
Very dark garnet color with grapey, warm aromas of berries, plums and spice. A pleasantly herbal "tree bark" note suggests that there's Mourvedre in the mix, and the ripe berry character hints at Grenache. (The label doesn't disclose the identities of the eight Rhone varieties in the blend that it describes as "in the style of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.") Ripe and juicy plums dominate the flavor, full and fresh, with plenty of snappy acidity for balance. US Importer: (Apr 28, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a dinner crafted to match a Rhone-style red: Chicken pan-braised in a simple fricassee style with lots of onions and garlic and a taste of fresh sage.

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