Càntele 1997 Salice Salentino Riserva ($8.99)
Clear garnet color, with ripe cherry and raspberry aromas and grace notes of tar and smoke to lend complexity, pleasant and interesting. Big, forward fruit flavors, with acidity and tannins generating a bit of heat on the pleasantly bitter finish. The blend is 85% Negroamaro grapes and 15% Malvasia Nera. US Importer: VIAS Imports Ltd., NYC. (Aug 21, 2002)
FOOD MATCH: A natural with char-grilled steaks or lamb, but serves well with roast chicken, too.
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