Zenato 1999 Valpolicella Classico Superiore ($10.99)
Very dark, almost inky garnet color makes clear that this is no featherweight Valpolicella. A marked dried-cherry aroma, typical of the region, gains interest from distinct notes of cinnamon and allspice. Very ripe and spicy red-fruit flavors are laced up with crisp, fresh acidity in an appetizing flavor that's balanced and long. US Importer: U.S. importer: Winebow Inc., NYC; a Leonardo Locascio Selection. (Oct 1, 2002)
FOOD MATCH: Surprisingly good with a pan-grilled ham steak, a somewhat difficult wine match. The wine's red-fruit flavor, crisp acidity and low tannins worked well with the salty sweetness of the ham.
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