Charles Joguet 2005 "Cuvée Terroir" Chinon ($18.99)
Very dark reddish-purple color, unusually inky for a Loire Cabernet Franc. Earthy nuances of red clay and dust dominate the first sniff, but abundant red-berry fruit quickly follows the mineral opening. Medium-bodied, full in flavor; snappy red fruit and soft but substantial tannins shaped by a surprising 14% alcohol make this an impressive red wine but a rather idiosyncratic Chinon. US Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Feb 6, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: The Joguet Website suggests pairing it with rillettes (potted meat), fresh goat cheese or poultry. It was a great match with chicken Musakhan, the Palestinian-style chicken dish baked with onions and sumac that I featured in the Feb. 8, 2007 Wine Advisor FoodLetter.

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