Ninet de Pena 2003 Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes Rosé ($8.99)
This wine is a ruby-shaded pink with a hint of orange, rather light in color even for a rosé. Typical of pink wines from the South of France (Cotes Catalanes is in the eastern Pyrenees, where France meets Spain at the Mediterranean), it breathes distinct herbal aromas that surround subtle berry scents. More forward on the palate than the nose, bone-dry and tart red-cherry fruit adds a distinct bitter quality in the finish. A blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. US Importer: Hand Picked Selections, Warrenton, Va. (Sep 19, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Dry and crisp, it makes an easy match with a variety of fare, going well at dinner with earthy Italian Taleggio cheese, a hearty, slightly sweet eggplant caponata, and grilled skewers of fresh salmon, swordfish and tuna.

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