Louis Bernard 2003 Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages ($11.99)
Clear garnet in color, not overly dark, this simple Southern Rhone red offers scents of ripe red fruit with a fragrant overtone of white pepper. Juicy raspberry fruit and tart acidity meet in a fullish flavor, with a surprising edge of tannins that leave a fuzzy astringency on the finish. Good wine, although the acid and tannins make it a little more approachable with food than sipped alone. US Importer: Boisset America, San Francisco. (Feb 21, 2005)
FOOD MATCH: Fine with a dish chosen to match, an orange-peel and bay-scented Provencal lamb-and-potato stew called giardiane.
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