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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Two excellent Languedoc reds
Domaine d'Aupilhac Domaine d'Aupilhac 1996 Lou Maset Vin de Pays du Mont Baudile ($15.99)
Inky dark cherry red, this hearty table wine breathes earthy black-fruit and black-pepper aromas with a distinctive note of "tree bark" that I associate with Mourvèdre. Ripe black fruit and fragrant pepper fill the palate, big and juicy, with good crisp acidity and a wisp of astringent tannins. Fine wine! U.S. importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (April 19, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: It's a rare wine that can stand up to fiery spice, but this one makes the grade, dancing a whirling zydeco turn with a spicy andouille jambalaya.

Ermitage du Pic St. Loup Guilhem Gaucelm 1996 Ermitage du Pic St. Loup Coteaux du Languedoc ($19.99)
Very dark ruby in color, this wine breathes amazing scents of licorice and ripe black fruit, aromatic and appealing. Full and bright on the palate, luscious and clean, a "fruit bomb" with exotic elements nostalgically evocative of old-fashioned licorice-whip candy. U.S. importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (April 27, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: Works very well with pan-grilled lamb chops.

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