Domaine de la Petite Cassagne 2005 Costières de Nîmes ($11.99)
A clear, deeply hued reddish-pink color, this wine is a bit on the dark side for a rosé. Ripe strawberry aromas add a hint of fresh green herbs, tarragon and just a touch of fennel or anise. Ripe berry fruit flavors are crisp and dry in the Provence style and far from lightweight at 13.5% alcohol; it's refreshing and fun, but a bit more serious than a New World "blush" wine. US Importer: U.S. importer: Robert Kacher, Washington, D.C. (Jul 22, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: Suitable for aperitif sipping as are virtually all rosés, this one has the heft to stand up well at the dinner table. It was fine with pork chops braised with onions and tomatoes.



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