May 11, 2005
Domaine El Bordj 2000 Coteaux de Mascara
(Imported by Atlasian Callers, Manasquan, NJ; about $9.50)
Together with Algeria, Morocco used to produce tons of red wine that was quietly used to bulk up many of France’s reds. That doesn’t happen anymore, but the country’s vineyards are still worth paying attention to for the exotic reds they produce. This soft, spicy red is a good example: while light in color, it’s heady with cinnamon-spiced dried red cherry and cranberry flavors, an excellent match to a duck b’stilla, but good with spiced lamb sausages, too.
This recommendation first appeared at the Denver Post.