Château Beauchêne 2005 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages ($11.99)
Clear dark garnet. Fresh raspberry and red cherry aromas, pleasant, more subtle than fruit-forward. Flavors consistent with the nose, juicy red fruit and zippy acidity in good balance; just a touch of soft tannic astringency on the tongue, with mouth-watering acidity and discreet red-berry fruit in a long finish. US Importer: Wine Adventures Inc., West Des Moines, Iowa. (Nov 2, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Red meat in any form should serve it well; I crossed ethnic boundaries to make a splendid match with bowls of spaghetti and good-quality meatballs with a fresh tomato sauce.



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