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J. M. Alquier 1996 Réserve la Maison Jaune Faugères ($13.99)
A sibling to the Alquier Réserve les Bastides tasted on Jan. 29, this one offers a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignane to its slightly more pricey brother's Syrah. It's equally good value, though, showing delicious complexity at a mid-range price point. Black pepper and violets and "tree bark" aromas over intense black fruit invite a taste, which does not disappoint: Deep, juicy and tart, with soft tannins in the background that firm up in a very long finish. U.S. importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Feb. 16, 1999)
FOOD MATCH: Well chosen to stand up to the flavors of an aromatic but not fiery quinoa "risotto" with chicken-ginger sausage and light Thai spices.
After dinner, continuing our inquiry into the excellent Henriques & Henriques Madeiras -- see my recent reports on their Bual and Malmsey -- we opened another of this firm's offerings:
Henriques & Henriques non-vintage Sercial 5 Years Madeira ($17.99)
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