Eric Texier 2000 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc ($25.00)
This clear, light-gold wine breathes an appetizing mixture of gently oxidative aromatics typical of white Rhones: Honey, almonds and hazelnuts dancing with white fruit and flowers. Fruit is more forward on the palate than the nose, lush tropical flavors of pineapple and kiwi and even a hint of banana oil. Lush if not quite soft, acidity is present, but the steel is cushioned by velvet. Impressive wine, "Vieilles Vignes" (old vines) and unfiltered. US Importer: Several regional importers including North Berkeley in California and Vintner Select in Cincinnati. See the Texier Website for all U.S. and international distributors. (Jan 28, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a simple roast chicken, which makes an excellent foil for the wine's rich, robust flavors.

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