Red Bicyclette 2003 Merlot Vin de Pays d'Oc ($9.99)
Very dark reddish-purple, almost black. Attractive if restrained aromas display perfumed blackberry and dried-cherry fruit and hints of spice. Black fruit and spice notes carry over on the palate in a tart, dry and somewhat austere flavor with subtle herbal notes of anise and tarragon and soft but obvious tannins in the background. US Importer: Red Bicyclette USA (Gallo), Hayward, Calif. (Oct 21, 2004)
FOOD MATCH: Fine with an Italian-style braised beef rump roast.
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