Tamarack Cellars 2000 Columbia Valley "Firehouse Red" ($15.99)
This inky-dark reddish-purple wine from Washington State, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, offers light blackcurrant aromas with a hint of licorice. Black fruit flavors are tart and tannic and quite closed at first, but its fruit and balance hint at aging potential, and it does gain dimension with red meat. Better after 24 hours in the partially consumed bottle, its fruit opens up to meet the wine's acidic structure. US Importer: (Oct 25, 2003)
FOOD MATCH: Fine with the "tannin-wiping" effect of medium-rare lamb chops.
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