Yalumba 2002 "Y Series" South Australia Shiraz ($10.99)
This is a very dark purple wine, black at the center, showing clear bluish-garnet at the edge. Ripe, plummy and grapey fruit-forward aromas add distinct smoke and dillweed aromas that speak of new oak and plenty of it. Mouth-filling and ripe, its flavors are big but rather one-dimensional, fruit and oak. The flavor seems mostly up front, fading out to a quiet finish. Although it's an easy-sipping crowd pleaser, it seems to me that it's missing the underlying structure that makes me want to come back for a second glass. US Importer: Negociants USA Inc., Napa, Calif. (Mar 8, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Leftover Italian roast beef shredded over pasta in its own red-wine-and-clove-scented sauce made a fine companion at the dinner table.

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