Réserve Grand Veneur 2003 Côtes du Rhône ($10.49)
This is a very dark-garnet wine with a reddish-purple edge. Red fruit, ripe and full, raspberries and red cherries and fragrant red pepper on the nose and palate. Ripe and luscious cherry-berry flavors, good acidity and smooth but perceptible tannins build structure, although the fruit is forward in the "California-like" style of the 2003 vintage in the Southern Rhone. Excellent wine, approaches Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a fraction of the price. It's a typical regional blend of 80 percent Grenache and 20 percent Syrah. US Importer: Kysela Père et Fils, Winchester, Va. (Nov 23, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Good with any red meat or poultry; it made a very fine match indeed with Marcella Hazan's roast duck featured in the 30 Second Wine Advisor's FoodLetter on Nov. 24, 2005.

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