Charles Back 2001 Western Cape "Goat Rotí" ($13.99)
Very dark reddish-purple with ruby glints. Deep plum and anise aromas take the fore, but interesting smoky "bacon-fat" aromas in the background evoke the Rhone. Ripe and tart, black plum, anise and smoky flavors mirror the nose; food-friendly, snappy acidity provides structure in a long finish. Good fruit and balance keep exceptionally high (14.58%) alcohol from dominating. US Importer: Vineyard Brands Inc., Birmingham, Ala. (Sep 19, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: The wine's smoky bacon notes make an unexpectedly good match with bits of crisp bacon in an Italian-style spaghetti carbonara.



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