Frédéric Magnien 2001 Bourgogne Hautes Côtes-de-Nuits ($10.00)
Clear garnet but not overly dark, this wine shows the light but gem-like color that's often characteristic of Pinot Noir in general and Burgundy in particular. It breathes lightly spicy red fruit on the nose and palate, opening up with time in the glass to a wild-cherry flavor that's oddly reminiscent of Life Savers candies but bone-dry, nicely shaped by tart, mouth-watering acidity. On the simple side, perhaps, but well-balanced, a natural companion with food. US Importer: North Berkeley Imports, Berkeley, Calif. (Jan 3, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: An excellent match with a thick, simply prepared pork chop from a local processor.



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