d'Arenberg 2001 "The Footbolt" McLaren Vale Shiraz ($17.99)
This medium-dark garnet wine offers ripe cherry-berry fruit with pleasing, complex overtones of cocoa and spice. Good, ripe fruit and crisp acidity in the flavor; although it's no lightweight at 14.5 percent alcohol, you wouldn't guess that from its balanced and surprisingly refined flavor. Tried at an in-store tasting, good enough that I bought a bottle to take home for dinner, with consistent notes. US Importer: Old Bridge Cellars, Napa, Calif. (Sep 17, 2003)
FOOD MATCH: Fine match with a simple omelet filled with Portuguese linguica sausage.
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