Kanonkop 1997 "Paul Sauer" Stellenbosch Red Wine ($29.99)
Inky dark garnet, almost black. Blackcurrant and tobacco leaf, quite Bordeaux-like in aroma and flavor. Excellent on the palate, ripe but balanced blackfruit flavors and lemony acidity. Stylish enough to be a "ringer" in a tasting of quality Bordeaux, it adds a level of ripe, appealing fruit that you'll only rarely find in France. Definitely ageworthy, but it's hard to resist it now. US Importer: Frederick Wildman and Sons Ltd., NYC. (Apr 8, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Very well matched with a quick ragout of lamb over couscous.

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