Chateau Mourgues du Gres 2003 Les Galets Rosés Costières de Nîmes ($9.99)
Transparently clear, a pretty red-rose color that's rather dark for a rosé. Very ripe strawberry aromas add a distinct note of spearmint that's unfortunately reminiscent of chewing gum. It's better in the flavor department, though, dry and crisp, good juicy berry fruit with an acidic snap and a back note of cherry-pit bitterness that becomes more evident as the wine warms in the glass. I find it adds a pleasant note of complexity, although those who don't enjoy bitter flavors should be forewarned. US Importer: Weygandt-Metzler, Unionville, Pa. (May 26, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Should go just about anywhere a dry rosť will serve, from salade Niçoise to aperitif sipping. I put it to somewhat more formal duty with an Italian-style veal dish, arrosto di vitello ripieno, a veal flank steak pounded thin and stuffed with spinach, onions and a thin omelet, and it made a fine match.



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