Ravenswood 2002 Sonoma County "Icon" Syrah ($16.99)
An attractive Rhone-style offering from a winery much better known for its Zinfandels, this sturdy red is labeled Syrah with 87 percent of the predominant grape, but adds a little complexity thanks to 9 percent Grenache and 4 percent Mourvèdre. Dark garnet in color, black at the core, it breathes open aromas of plums and berries and a whiff of menthol. Ripe and juicy on the palate, black fruit and fragrant pepper, it gains structure from firm acidity and palatable but rather "green" tannins. US Importer: (Nov 20, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Rare roast beef might be the perfect match, but a long-simmered, simple beef pot roast made a mighty comfortable alternative.

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