Avila Winery 2001 Santa Barbara County "Cote d'Avila" ($13.00)
This Rhone-style blend of Syrah (65%), Mourvedre (20%) and Grenache (15%) is an inky dark reddish-violet color in the glass, almost black at the center. Ripe berry fruit aromas gain interest from grace notes of menthol and anise over a discreet background of green herbs and brown spice. Mouth-filling, "sweet" black fruit hints at time in oak in a full flavor that's a bit on the lush side but shows plenty of fresh-fruit acidity to hold it together, fading to a lemon-squirt tang in a long finish. US Importer: (Jun 21, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: It worked well with a hearty preparation of pork chops braised with onions and garlic, and would serve with any red meat, even burgers from the picnic grill.

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