Vignoble de la Ramière" Vin de Pays du Gard "Cuvée Counoise ($10.99)
Garnet, clear but dark. An earthy mix of herbaceous and fruit aromas: Black plums and prunes jostle for position with black and white pepper and a "sappy" note as distinct as biting into a fresh stalk of alfalfa hay. Plums and fragrant pepper on the palate, mouth-filling and tart, with substantial but smooth tannins helping to build a sturdy structure. US Importer: Rosenthal Wine Merchant, NYC. (Dec 15, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Its acidic structure and peppery, earthy character make it a natural with grilled steak; it worked just about as well with leftover dry-aged rare filet mignon shredded and served in a tongue-in-cheek rendition of "scattered, smothered and covered" hash browns.

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