Domaine des Terres Falmet 2006 Cinsault Vin de Pays d'Oc ($11.00)
Garnet, with a pale violet edge. Strawberries and red apple skin, attractive fruit with just a hint of the earthy scent that the French call "sous bois" ("under the woods"), an evocative aroma that evokes thoughts of walks in a forest on a hot summer day. More good strawberry fruit and earth on the palate, "rainwater over rocks" minerality and soft but substantial tannins, balanced with sufficient acidity and more tart strawberries in the finish. Very interesting and complex, a fine demonstration of pure 100 percent varietal Cinsault in a rare solo performance. US Importer: United Estates Wine Imports Ltd., Worthington, Ohio. (Feb 13, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: We went beyond the standard red-wine-with-beef option to try something more exotic, but the complex red was well up to it: Chicken steamed over aromatic cinnamon and star anise, cloaked with a curry-Dijon bechamel.



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