March 23, 2005

Château La Baronne 2001 Corbières Montagne d'Alaric

(Imported by LDM Wines Inc., New York; about $12)

Here's the wine to curl up with after a day of skiing, when you're sitting in front of the fire trying to get feeling back into your toes, or settling in with a bowl of beef stew. It's from Montagne d'Alaric, a subregion of Corbières, which spreads around the ancient city of Carcassonne in southern France. As if the wine captured the region's abundant sun, its ripe red berry flavors send gentle ripples of warmth through the body, while its rugged spice and pleasantly rough tannin provide enough muscle to replace any lack in your skied-out self.

This review originally appeared in the Denver Post.

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