Bodegas Loriñon 1999 Rioja Crianza ($11.99)
This very dark garnet wine shows reddish-purple glints against the light. Ripe sour-cherry aromas add attractive notes of oak - aromatic vanilla and appealing "mulled wine" nuances of cinnamon, clove and orange peel. Full, juicy and tart, fresh fruit flavors follow the nose, with crisp acidity and palatable tannins to round it out. US Importer: Classical Wines, Seattle (Jun 27, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with beef - in this instance, thin-sliced roast beef over a bed of barely steamed fine-shredded cabbage on a crisp potato pancake.



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