Vampire 2003 Transylvania (Romania) Cabernet Sauvignon ($9.99)
Clear, deep ruby (I'm not going to descend to calling it "blood red.") Spicy red-berry fruit, appealing if simple; light-bodied, fresh and crisp, gently acidic fresh fruit flavor follows the nose. It's not a fancy or complex wine, and shouldn't be mistaken for a fine, Bordeaux-style Cabernet. But it significantly exceeds the low expectations I bring to "gimmick" wines and stands in its own right as a fruity, nicely balanced quaffing wine made in an international style with a fresh, clean flavor. US Importer: Transylvania Imports, Beverly Hills, Calif. (Oct 30, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: It went very well with a simple, quick fajita-style dinner of beef, red bell pepper, onions and garlic stir-fried with a gently piquant ancho pepper sauce.



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