Kermit Lynch 2002 Vin de Table du Vaucluse ($9.99)
This very dark reddish-purple wine presents pleasant, typical Rhone aromas of black plums and spice, with a whiff of smoke and a hint of caramel in the background. Lean and tart, black fruit is joined by distinct black pepper on the palate with a distant hint of tannins. Not overly long, but clean and fresh, a good job of putting together a presentable wine in a "difficult" vintage. US Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Sep 29, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Straightforward fruit and tangy acidity made it a natural with a simple omelet stuffed with prosciutto and cheese. Fine, too, with any red meat from burgers to steaks.

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