A blend of syrah, grenache, cinsault with just a soupçon of mourvèdre and carignane, make for a bright and wonderfully gamey wine. Very youthful with toasty notes of cherry, birch, sassafras and pomegranate. Pair this racey
red with a bloomsdale spinach salad with sherry vinaigrette garnished with carpaccio of tuna or beef. Speaking of beef, a rare steak in any number of variations (tri-tip, hanger, New
York, filet) would be quite delish. But more exotic fare such as chicken tikka masala or Tandoori lamb chops will alsowork wonderfully well. While the zesty '06 is excellent right
now, decanting or aging it for 2-3 more years would be all to the good.