Domaine la Blaque 1999 Coteaux de Pierrevert Réserve ($11.99)
Perhaps one of the least-known French wine-producing regions, Coteaux de Pierrevert ("green rocks") is a new appellation, created in 1998 primarily through the efforts of Domaine la Blaque's producers, Gilles and Laurence Delsuc. Located in the Provence Alps and made from typical Southern French grapes - Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault - it's a wine of surprising elegance for a moderate price. Dark garnet in color. Fragrant black pepper sings soprano over a plummy fruit bass. Full and ripe, black fruit and pepper flavors are structured with zippy acidity and firm tannins. US Importer: Vintner Select, Cincinnati, North Berkeley Wine Merchant, Berkeley, and other regional importers. (Apr 13, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with "ravioli" of leeks and ricotta made in thin turnip wrappers in place of the usual pasta.



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