Kavaklidere 2002 "Yakut" Oküzgözü d'Elazig ($4.99)
Clear ruby in color, this Turkish red breathes pleasant if subdued aromas of black plums and cherries with a smoky back note. Crisp tart-cherry flavors are clean and fresh, simple but appealing, somewhat Beaujolais-like in their simple, refreshing fruit. Nicely balanced, a good food wine and a pleasant suprise from Turkey, an excellent buy at this bargain-basement price. US Importer: The House of Burgundy Inc., NYC. (Nov 7, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Perfect with an Italian-accented meat loaf.

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