Mas de Gourgonnier 2003 Les Baux de Provence ($12.99)
This is a very dark reddish-purple wine, almost black, shading to clear garnet at the edge. Fresh, ripe cherry-berry aromas, raspberries and black cherries, add an earthy, discreet and not unpleasant whiff of the barnyard that I find typical of Gourgonnier. Flavors are consistent with the nose, juicy and fresh. Full but nicely balanced for a 2003, rustic but not over-the-top, relatively modest alcohol at 12.5%. US Importer: Vintner Select, Mason, Ohio, and other regional importers. (Oct 4, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: Matching earthy with earthy, it was a perfect companion with prosciutto-wrapped bites of dark chicken meat with a tiny dab of duck foie gras mousse; for something a little less outré, try it with fried chicken livers or braunschweiger. Or for that matter, any red meat or sharp cheese.



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