Hogue 2000 Columbia Valley Merlot ($10.99)
This clear, medium-dark garnet wine offers heady, fruity cherry-compote aromas, leading into bright and juicy black-cherry flavors shaped by snappy acidity; time in the glass adds sweet cherry-pie nuances with a hint of charred oak oddly reminiscent of Bourbon in the finish. US Importer: (Jun 21, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Excellent with a rich stew made from chicken first roasted until brown with onions and garlic.

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