Chrysalis 2002 "Rubiana" Virginia Red Wine ($18.00)
This dark, ruby-color wine, an exotic blend of the Spanish Tempranillo, Graciano and Fer Servadou varieties plus a shot of American Norton, shows bright reddish-violet glints against the light. The aromas are focused on black cherries, perhaps the signature of Tempranillo, enhanced with delicate herbal notes and a hint of black pepper, more like whole peppercorns than fragrant freshly ground. Tart cherries carry over in the flavor, juicy if a bit lean, shaped by almost tangy lemon-squirt acidity that makes it a particularly good companion with food. US Importer: (Aug 12, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: A natural partner with a free-range chicken served sizzling from the charcoal grill. (A bit of fresh tarragon tucked under the breast skin makes a stunning addition to the match.)

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