Smoking Loon 1999 California Syrah ($8.99)
Dark and rather hazy garnet in color. Warm and plummy aromas add a whiff of black pepper and a sweet, citric note of orange peel. Soft and simple and a bit sweet on the palate, it's an easy quaffing wine if not one for contemplation. US Importer: (May 5, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Served at a buffet brunch, its soft fruitiness made a good match with grilled chicken and sweet baked beans.

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