Ariel 2001 "de-alcoholized" Cabernet Sauvignon ($6.50)
Dark reddish-violet in color, the aromas blend an aromatic perfume with spices and an underlying "chemical" character reminiscent of latex. Intensely grapey in flavor, soft and slightly sweet, over seriously offputting latex-rubbery notes. Not wine, but not grape juice either. A strange, unpleasant beverage that I frankly can't recommend as an alternative to wine. US Importer: (Jul 22, 2004)
FOOD MATCH: Served with a rare ribeye steak as the standard foil for red table wines, but the food match is not sufficient to make this a palatable drink.
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