Graham Beck 2002 Western Cape "Pinno" Pinotage ($9.99)
Clear dark garnet with reddish-purple glints. Plummy aromas with a distinct earthy character, the "paintbox" scent of dried watercolors that's often used to describe Pinotage. The aromas carry over in the flavor, juicy red fruits and tart acidity backed by a pleasant earthiness that mixes "paintbox" and a whiff of black rubber. Closed with a black synthetic cork. US Importer: Robant LLC, Lexington, Ky., and other regional importers. (Dec 2, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Particularly good with ham, which seems to bring the wine into better balance by showcasing its red-fruit flavors.



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