Chateau de Paraza 2002 Minervois "Cuvee Speciale" ($8.99)
Very dark garnet in color, this Languedoc red offers fruity-earthy aromas of ripe cherries, smoke and spice. Red-fruit flavors boast a forward fruitiness that evokes sweetness, although the wine is dry; lemon-squirt acidity pulls it together. Earthy, a bit on the rustic side, but good fruit and balance make for an appealing table wine at a bargain price. It's a blend of several of the Languedoc's usual varietal suspects - Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsaut. US Importer: Private Reserve, Sheffield Village, Ohio. (Mar 30, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Well-suited for red meat or roast chicken; it went well with a simple pizza margherita.



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