Oops, I meant to post this a while back. In the spirit of the "Italian table reds for summer," it can definitely be served with enjoyment at cool cellar temperature, although I wouldn't take it much below 55F/13C for fear of muting the fruit against the acidity. Purchased it at Whole Foods wine shop, and as best I can tell, it appears to be a special label produced specifically for Whole Foods. Great value!Pisato 2008 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo ($9.99)
Garnet, dark but clear, with bright reddish-purple glints against the light. Fresh, appealing cherry-berry fruit aromas and flavors with a fragrant whiff of black pepper in the background. Mouth-watering, crisp and tart, food-friendly acidity with a bit of smooth tannin helping build structure. Very good food wine at a table-suited 13% alcohol; nicely balanced, and made with organically grown grapes if that's important to you, and an exceptional value at this price. U.S. importer: Organic Wine Trade Co., Princeton, Minn. (June 25, 2012)FOOD MATCH
: It would work any place that a Chianti goes, from spaghetti with meat sauce to rare steaks. It would make a natural match with bucatini all'Amatriciana, a specialty from its home region of Abruzzo, and it fared very well with a meatless version made with fresh local tomatoes, lots of garlic and Pecorino Romano, black and red pepper, and browned onions filling in for the traditional guanciale.