Château de Lascaux 2001 "Les Nobles Pierres" Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup ($19.99)
Very dark garnet in color, its complex aromas start with black fruit, berries and plums, adding complex whiffs of wood smoke, spice and licorice. All that plus a dash of raspberry liqueur on the palate, built on a good acidic structure. Pleasant earthy-mineral notes place it a bit closer to rustic than elegant on the flavor spectrum, but it dresses up well enough to take it out on a date. A base of 90% Syrah gains extra fruit from a splash of Grenache in the blend. US Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Feb 8, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Like all sturdy Syrahs, this wine would find its natural match with grilled beef or poultry, but it's versatile and food friendly, making a surprisingly good cross-cultural pairing with a relatively mild rendition of Saag gohst, Indian lamb in a thick spinach-and-yogurt sauce.

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