Domaine Lafond 2005 "Roc-Epine" Côtes du Rhône ($14.00)
This very dark ruby wine shows a reddish-purple hue. Youthful Grenache aromas focus on raspberry cordial, ripe and bright, with just a hint of a "leafy" undertone. Fresh and juicy fruit flavors carry over on the palate, nicely structured by snappy acidity and soft but perceptible tannins. On the simple side but very fresh, fine with food. US Importer: Wines of France, Inc., Mountainside, N.J., Alain Junguenet Selection. (Jan 3, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: A versatile table wine, it will fare well with red meat, pork, grilled or roasted poultry and mild cheeses. It made a surprisingly good companion with a hearty bowl of the bean soup featured in yesterday's 30 Second Wine Advisor FoodLetter.



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