Castillo de Jumilla 2004 Jumilla ($7.99)
This Spanish red blend, a 50-50 mix of Monastrell and Tempranillo, is a very dark purple color, almost black in the glass. Shy aromas, delicate black cherries and plums plus earthy "tree bark," are reflected in a more fruit-forward flavor shaped by tart acidity and raspy tannins. Warming 14% alcohol imparts a touch of heat, but it remains within acceptable limits if a bit warm for food. US Importer: Bryant Distributing Co., Lexington, Ky. (Oct 8, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: This hearty, strong red needs bold flavors to stand up to it, and finds them in a quick Franco-Italian creation, chicken sauteed in an aromatic mix of caramelized onions, garlic, bay leaf and thyme over short pasta.



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