A succulent pancetta-wrapped roast with porcini puree finds its equal in a luscious California Syrah full of fruit.

Richard Nalley
Updated March 31, 2015

Perfect Wine Match

Syrah, that ancient grape of France's Rhône Valley (elsewhere it's also known as Shiraz), has experienced a new wave of popularity thanks to the rich, fruity, food-friendly versions now made everywhere from Australia to the Andes. One particularly vibrant example is the 1999 Lockwood ($13) from California's Monterey County. Bursting with lots of luscious, sweet fruit and notes of earth and spice, this wine is a perfect match for the earthy-smoky flavors of the porcini mushrooms and the pancetta-wrapped tenderloin. The gorgeous, intense 2001 Bodegas Salentein Shiraz ($18), from Argentina, is a close second. Made from low-yielding, mountain-grown fruit, it shows the sure touch of superstar Bordeaux wine consultant Michel Rolland.

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