Famille Iché 2004 "Les Hérétiques" Vin de Pays de l'Hérault ($8.49)
This Carignan-Syrah blend is a very dark reddish-purple color. Fruity and floral, its appealing aroma melds juicy ripe cherries and a fragrant double-grind of pepper. Full and fresh, juicy tart-cherry fruit and zippy acidity in mouth-watering balance, tangy as a squirt of lemon in a very long finish. The 2005 vintage is now in circulation. Don't hesitate to substitute it for the '04 if you can find it. US Importer: LDM Wines Inc., NYC; Louis/Dressner Selections. (Dec 1, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: An Italian-style variation on macaroni and cheese, using Crucolo cheese from Trentino, made an appealing food match.

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