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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Domaine Gauby Domaine Gauby 1996 Cotes du Roussillon ($11.99)
Dark garnet in color. Pleasant apple-skin and black-pepper aromas, fruity and fragrant. Tart, juicy fruit flavors follow the nose, soft tannins and clean,delicious apple-skin flavors in a long finish. U.S. importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Oct. 19, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Not a bad match, though a little light, for lamb chops pan-grilled with lots of rosemary and garlic.

Routier Reserve Chateau de Routier 1995 Cuvée Jean Lèzerat Cotes de la Malepère Reserve ($9.99)
The shop where I bought this modest red from near Corbieres proudly displayed an importer's fact sheet indicating that this wine is aged in barrels formerly used by Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, but I can't say that the Bordeaux first growth imparts any special magic. Still, it's a very tasty wine and a good value. Very dark garnet in color, it shows good aromays of black fruit, freshly ground black pepper and oaky spice, with a pleasant undertone of dark chocolate. With good fruit and substantial tannins on the palate, it falls down only on the finish, where it ends up a bit thin and short. There's a lot going on while it lasts, and while I wouldn't pay more for it, it's a fair value at the price. U.S. importer: Vintner Select, Cincinnati. (Oct. 18, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Turkey tacos with a mild ancho chile sauce.

Routier Chateau de Routier 1995 Cotes de la Malepère ($6.99)
Inky dark garnet. Black fruit and spicy oak on the nose and palate, juicy and ripe, structured with tart acidity and soft tannins. Flavors consistent in a moderately long finish. Good value at a low-end price. U.S. importer: Vintner Select, Cincinnati. (Oct. 20, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Excellent with char-grilled leg of lamb.

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