Brookland Valley 2000 "Verse 1" Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot ($16.99)
This inky dark reddish-purple wine from Western Australia is almost black at the center. A whiff of pumpkin-pie spice adds interesting complexity to ripe blackberry and blueberry aromas. On the palate it's juicy and ripe, fresh mixed-berry fruit and a touch of oak, nicely shaped by lemon-squirt acidity. The parts come together in a balanced, appetizing wine that's fine with food. US Importer: International Cellars, Chantilly, Va. (Sep 20, 1002)

FOOD MATCH: Although beef might be the logical companion, it went quite will with chicken, in the form of a light autumn chicken stew.

WEB LINK: http://www.brooklandvalley.com.au/

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