Guelbenzu 2000 "Azul" Ribera del Queiles ($10.99)
Very dark ruby in color, this Spanish red offers appealing cherry-compote aromas that blend fresh black fruit, vanilla and spice. Ripe and juicy flavors follow the nose, tart-sweet black cherries with bright, snappy acidity to keep it in balance. Oak is present as a spicy note but doesn't dominate, and soft, barely perceptible tannins add an attractive textural dimension. A blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. US Importer: Classical Wines from Spain, Seattle. (Jul 12, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: The wine's fresh and forward fruit makes it a fine companion with pork chops simply sauteed with lots of garlic.

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