Chateau La Freynelle 2006 Bordeaux ($11.99)
Very dark purple with a clear garnet edge. Red berries and currants on te nose, attractive fruit, with just a hint of spice. Good, balanced fruit flavors follow the nose, fresh and crisp, with plenty of fresh-fruit acidity for structure and food-friendliness. Tannins barely perceptible as red-fruit flavors linger in a good, long finish. A blend of 65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, made at a discreet 12.5% alcohol. Fine, modest everyday Bordeaux, and the screw cap fosters unusual freshness. U.S. importer: (Dec. 10, 2008) US Importer: Republic National Distributing Co., Louisville. (Dec 10, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Oven-seared natural pork chops with black pepper and a dash of pimenton (smoked paprika).

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