Eric Texier 2000 Cotes de Provence Cassis ($13.99)
Very clear, pale straw color with a faint pinkish hue. Its scent is pleasant if idiosyncratic, perfumed mint and white fruit, a bit "grapey." Soft but dry, the flavor shows gentle fruit at first, with tangy acidity more apparent in the finish. Its subtle oxidative qualities become more apparent as the wine warms and airs in the glass, opening up to delicate and appealing notes of hazelnut and bitter almond. US Importer: Vintner Select, Mason, Ohio, and other regional importers. (May 20, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Very fine with a braised chicken and onion dish; the food's flavors seem to enhance the wine's bright, fresh fruit.

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