Chateau de Ségriès 2002 Côtes-du-Rhone ($9.99)
This clear, reddish-purple wine is not overly dark, consistent with the other 2002 Southern Rhone reds I've seen so far. Its aromas are intriguing, red-berry fruit with distinct notes of brown spices and dried rose petals, a combination that strongly evokes old-fashioned rose potpourri. A pretty, floral quality of roses fills the palate along with tart, simple red-berry fruit, seguing into a tangy pink-grapefruit character in the finish. It's light, not overly long, but intriguing complexity - perhaps borne on subtleties masked by more forward fruit in "better" vintages - makes it a pleasant attention-getter, and its zippy acidity makes it a fine food companion. US Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils Ltd., Winchester, Va. (Feb 16, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Its fresh fruit and palate-cleansing acidity made it a winner with a hearty, earthy simple pasta dish of sauteed free-range chicken livers in a light tomato sauce scented with rosemary and garlic.



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