Bonny Doon 2002 "Ca' del Solo" California Big House Red ($9.99)
A whiff of volatile acidity at first blows off quickly to reveal ripe, plummy fruit and fragrant pepper in this inky dark-ruby wine. An everything-but-the-kitchen-sink blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Carignan, Barbera, Zinfandel, Malbec and Mourvedre grape varieties, it's warm and almost pruney on the palate, with just a touch of sweetness well-balanced by lemon-squirt acidity to give it structure. Quite "Mediterranean" in style, it would make an interesting ringer in a tasting flight of Languedoc reds. US Importer: (Oct 10, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Easy drinking and food-friendly with red meat or poultry; it made a fine match with a hearty chicken pilaf with cauliflower added to the usual rice.

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