Chateau de Combebelle 1998 Saint-Chinian Tradition Comte Cathare ($7.99)
Dark garnet in color, this wine from the Languedoc shows warm aromas of pruney, raisined fruit, with earthy notes of "tree bark" to add a bit of complexity. Peppery black-fruit flavors are mouth-filling if a bit hot and rough. A blend of Syrah and Grenache, it's a rustic quaff in the old French country table-wine tradition, better with food than on its own. US Importer: Langdon-Shiverick Inc., Cleveland. (Oct 24, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: The robust flavors of beef short ribs braised with onions form a hearty foil for this rustic wine.



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