Domaine de la Chanteleuserie 1999 Bourgueil ($12.99)
BourgueilThis easy-to-like Cabernet Franc comes from Bourgueil ("boor-goo'yuh"), a region of the Loire Valley near Touraine. In contrast with the "green" and herbal nature of many Loire reds, this quaffable wine is almost Beaujolais-like in its forward fruit. Very dark ruby in color, it offers appetizing cherry-pie flavors, fruit and spice. Fresh flavors follow the nose, juicy fruit and tart acid in balance. U.S. importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (March 3, 2001)

FOOD MATCH: A delicious pairing with a mild Southwestern-style dinner of chorizo sausage and avocado on cornmeal pancakes.

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