Ca' del Solo 2000 California Big House Red ($9.39)
A casual observer might catch the small print at the top of the label and assume this wine is from Italy, but the familiar Italian legalese contains a small but significant variation: "DOONominazione di Origine Controllata" reflects the wacky work of Randall Grahm, the offbeat proprietor of California's Bonny Doon winery. Ca' del Solo is Bonny Doon's label for Italian-style wines. This one is very dark garnet in color, with attractive scents of spicy black plums and aromatic vanilla. Ripe and full in flavor, black fruit and spice over crisp but not stinging acidity. US Importer: (Sep 28, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Made for red meat or Italian-style tomato-sauce dishes, but worked well with a meatless eggplant pilaf.



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