Réserve Grand Veneur 2004 Côtes du Rhône ($10.49)
Very dark reddish-purple with a bright garnet edge. Plums and fragrant black pepper aromas; more akin to black raspberry in flavor, with mouth-watering acidity and drying tannins. Black fruit and a distinct grind of black pepper in the finish. A fairly typical Rhône blend, it features 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsaut. US Importer: Kysela Père et Fils Ltd., Winchester, Va. (Aug 28, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with red meat, it was a natural match with grass-fed Australian beef in the form of a grilled medium-rare tenderloin.

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