Calina 2000 Reserve Carmenère ($7.99)
Inky dark reddish-purple, almost black. Ripe dark fruit aromas with a smoky note. Fresh and clean, pleasant black-fruit flavors and snappy acidity, with soft tannins that increase in proportion to the fruit as the wine airs in the glass. A bit on the simple side, but fresh and appealing; it shows surprising structure and balance for a wine at this price. US Importer: Kendall-Jackson Estates Ltd., Santa Rosa, Calif. (Apr 28, 2002)
FOOD MATCH: Its fruit and acid made it a natural partner with an Italian-style dinner of eggplant croquettes on pasta with a simple tomato sauce.
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