Joseph Phelps 2001 California "Pastiche" ($11.99)
This dark-garnet wine, described by the winery as "inspired by the rich diversity of flavors from the Rhone Valley," respects that inspiration, from its dark-garnet color and appetizing peppery, cherry-berry aromas to its mouth-filling, "chewy" black-fruit flavors and tart acidity. A whiff of sweet leather and gentle tannins add notes of "Old World" complexity in a structured, balanced California wine that's distinctively "Rhone-style." Primarily a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah, with smaller portions of assorted other varieties. US Importer: (Jun 22, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: A natural match with thick pork-chops pan-braised with Vidalia onions and a bit of Dijon mustard in the sauce.

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