Santa Ema 2001 Rapel Valley Carmenère ($9.99)
Very dark reddish-purple, almost black. An intriguing mix of scents builds aroma complexity - black cherry with a hint of anise and "torrefied" overtones of smoke and black coffee. Flavors are consistent with the nose, black-cherry fruit and earthy, charred nuances, all shaped by lemony acidity that becomes almost tangy in the finish and makes for an exceptionally palate-cleansing food companion. US Importer: T.G.I.C. Importers Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif. (Mar 4, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: A natural with red meat, but it also made a delicious match with lighter fare, a dinner salad (easy on the vinaigrette) topped with the earthy flavors of Point Reyes blue cheese and slices of a robust, peppery Calabrese-style salame from Volpi of St. Louis.

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