Domaine de la Mordorée 2005 Côtes-du-Rhône "La Dame Rousse" ($12.99)
A blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan and 5% Counoise, this is a very dark garnet wine, blackish at the center. Deep, plummy fruit, a whiff of woodsmoke and a shake of black pepper come together in a classic Rhône aroma profile. Flavors are consistent with the nose, intense and juicy black plums, pepper and mouth-watering acidity. It's full and rather warm at 14% acidity, but good balance carries it well. It's muscular but stylish. US Importer: Kysela Père et Fils Ltd., Winchester, Va. (Oct 5, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: Any red meat will do, but for this robust item, a little aromatic spice helps the dish meet the wine. It was fine with "deconstructed" lamb shanks in a simple pan sauce with a hint of curry, over basmati rice and baby lima bean pilaf with a touch of cumin.

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