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Te Awa Farm 1996 Hawkes Bay (New Zealand) Boundary Merlot ($19.99)
Clear garnet, with spicy red fruit and markedly herbaceous aromas, "green" and full, reminds me of a Loire red. Bright fruit flavors, clean and very tart; piercing acidity makes it a natural at the table, but it's a bit idiosyncratic and certainly pushing the limits for value at this price. U.S. importer: USA Wine Imports, NYC, "A Wine Mates Selection." (June 30, 1999)
FOOD MATCH: Comes into much better balance with pan-grilled boneless chicken breasts topped with sharp provolone and a slice of fresh tomato with a dollop of pesto.
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