La Tour Boisée 2006 "Plantation 1905" Vin de Table Rouge ($12.99)
Dark ruby, with bright reddish-orange glints. Pleasant scents of red berries and plums add a hint of "tree bark" and "forest floor." The aroma invites a taste, and the taste satisfies, juicy fruit with a touch of the earth, a dash of black pepper and a whiff of anise; good acidity and very soft drying tannins that underscore the wine's acidic structure. Idiosyncratic but enjoyable, a worthy experiment made from a field blend of 23 historic Languedoc varieties grown in a Minervois vineyard. US Importer: Wine Adventures Inc., West Des Moines, Iowa. (Jan 19, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: A match for red meat and hearty fare, it went very well with beef short ribs braised with onions and mushrooms.



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