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La Motte La Motte Estate 1992 Franschhoek Valley Estate Wine ($14.99)
A Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (36%) and Cabernet Franc (9%), this appealing wine is dark garnet in color, with cassis (blackcurrant) aromas and nuances of herbs and smoke. Full and bright black fruit and earthy notes show themselves in the flavor, framed by crisp acidity and soft tannins. A salute to Bordeaux with a South African accent, and a very fine wine. U.S. importer: Maisons, Marques & Domaines USA Inc., San Francisco. (Sept, 8, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: Works as well as a fine Bordeaux with grilled leg of lamb.

Warwick Warwick 1992 Stellenbosch Red Wine ($15.99)
Slightly hazy garnet in color, this wine shows black fruit and rustic "barnyard" notes that render it quite different in style from the similar Bordeaux blend above. Ripe and juicy fruit flavors and lemon-squirt acidity carry through the barnyard theme, with surprisingly youthful fruit and no obvious tannins. U.S. importer: American Wine Distributors Inc., San Francisco. (Aug. 9, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: The acidity and bright fruit make it surprisingly well-suited to a meatless pesto and green-pepper risotto.

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