Tierra del Fuego 2003 Mendoza Red Wine ($5.99)
This very dark reddish-purple wine appears almost black in the glass. Ripe black-fruit aromas, plums and black cherries, are surrounded by warm notes of caramel and a whiff of smoke. The wine is lighter in the mouth than on the nose, light-bodied and tart, cherries and crisp apples laced up with lemon-squirt acidity and an almost imperceptible astringent burr of tannin. US Importer: Ex Cellars Wine Agencies Inc., Solvang, Calif. (Sep 17, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a chicken pilaf accented with aromatic hints of cinnamon and star anise; a good match for beef from burgers to steaks.

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