Alain Jaume 2001 Côtes-du-Rhône ($9.99)
Very dark garnet in color, this excellent wine shows the full and appetizing aromas characteristic of red Rhones: Plums, berries and fragrant black pepper. The scent promises more than one might expect of a $10 wine, and the flavor delivers: Ripe black fruit well balanced with firm and cleansing acidity and accented with peppery spice. It's not overly long in the finish, but that's a minor quibble in an exceptionally tasty table wine of excellent value. US Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils Ltd., Winchester, Va. ()

FOOD MATCH: Fine with any grilled red meat; it was perfect with fresh local lamb chops pan-seared with garlic and rosemary.



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