Mas de Gourgonnier 2001 Les Baux de Provence ($9.99)
Inky dark reddish-purple, showing bright garnet glints against the light. Delicious aroma, black cherries and a distinct herbal note that evokes memories of Provence. Full and ripe flavor, juicy tart-cherry fruit well balanced by lemon-squirt acidity, making it an excellent food wine. Distinct tannic astringency appears in the very long finish, suggesting aging potential, but it's nicely cloaked by abundant fruit. US Importer: Gourgonnier has several U.S. regional importers, including Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, N.Y.; North Berkeley (Calif.) Imports; Vintner Select, Cincinnati; Stacole Co., Florida; Dionysos Imports, Virginia; and The Wine Company, Minneapolis. (Jul 31, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Perfect with thin-sliced leftover grilled lamb, but food-friendly enough to serve well also with a simple dish of spaghetti tossed with fresh uncooked tomatoes and basil.

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