April 13, 2005

Routas 2000 Coteaux Varois Infernet Grenache-Syrah

(Imported by Routas USA, Sausalito, CA; about $12)

Want a taste of Provence for $12? Here it is, in a bottle. From the wooded interior of the region, this mixes floral notes of lavendar and herbal notes like rosemary with cherry-sweet grenache fruit and syrah’s darker, earthier pleasures. It’s the sort of wine that can be as at home with a rack of lamb chops as a simple burger — and it’s affordable enough to keep bottles on hand for both.

This recommendation first appeared in the Denver Post.

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