2 Brothers 2003 Colchagua "Big Tattoo Red" ($8.49)
This hearty red wine from Chile, a 50-50 blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, shows a very dark blackish garnet in the glass with a bright violet edge. Ripe black and red-fruit aromas add a whiff of anise. Full, warm black-cherry and plum flavors follow the nose, juicy fruit and tart acidity backed by hints of oak and perhaps just a touch of residual sweetness that softens the wine's light tannins. Straightforward, not overly complex, a good food wine; fruit, tannins and good balance suggest that a little cellar time would do it no harm. A portion of the proceeds go to local charities that provide cancer research and support. US Importer: Billington Imports Inc., Springfield, Va. (Feb 13, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: It worked well enough with Italian sausages in a thick winter soup, but its full body and hearty style really want red meat or sharp cheese.

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