Gérard Raphet 2005 Bourgogne ($22.99)
Garnet, on the dark side for Burgundy. Ripe, luscious strawberries fill the nose and palate. Juicy and fresh flavors, delicious mouth-filling red fruit and snappy acidity, imperceptible tannins, with clean, subtle stony minerality beneath. Good balance, structure and length, ready to drink. A truly great value at this price. US Importer: Vintner Select, Mason, Ohio, and other regional importers. (May 3, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Red meat or wild salmon, of course; it also went well with an offbeat but effective ethnic match, aromatic but gently spiced curry beef meatballs and Indian-accented spinach.


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