Rosenblum Cellars 2005 "Chateau La Paws" California Cote du Bone Roan ($11.99)
This unusual blend of Carignane, Syrah, Mourvedre and a ration of Zinfandel is inky blackish-purple in color. It offers up ripe black fruit aromas with notes of spice, smoke and meat. Plummy, almost pruney fruit flavors are warm and full with 14.9% alcohol, but there's good acidity there to give it structure, and a sense of balance that spares it from dismissal as just another California whack-you-upside-the-head big boy. US Importer: (Jul 18, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Bold meets bold in a happy marriage when I paired it with the streamlined summer version of ratatouille featured in yesterday's Wine Advisor FoodLetter, a hearty, meatless melange of garden-fresh eggplant, summer squash and tomatoes with onions, garlic, green peppers and lots of fruity green olive oil



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