Argiolas 2000 "Costera" Isola dei Nuraghi ($12.99)
A waft of fragrant black pepper precedes plummy fruit in the warm and full aroma of this very dark reddish-purple wine made from the Sardinian Cannonau grape, perhaps the ancestor of Grenache. The flavor is consistent, with ripe, pruney fruit and spicy pepper on a base of crisp acidity to give it structure. US Importer: Winebow Inc., NYC; Leonardo Locascio Selection. (Nov 9, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Made for simple, robust fare, it would go well with burgers and steaks; we enjoyed it with a hearty but meatless risotto of tomatoes, sliced carrots and roasted red bell peppers.



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