Chateau Malbat 2003 Bordeaux ($8.99)
This is an inky blackish-purple wine, almost opaque. Simple but pleasant, it shows typical Bordeaux aromas of blackcurrant and cedar, with subtle herbal background notes. Ripe, rather full black-fruit flavors show the fruit-forward character of the 2003 vintage, but there's plenty of zippy acidity and soft tannins to hold things in balance. If it's a bit on the simple side, it's definitely a cut above most generic Bordeaux, and a noteworthy bargain for this low-end price. US Importer: International Gourmet Corp., Tucker, Ga. (Nov 30, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with pan-seared lamb chops, a classic partner with red Bordeaux.

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