Monte Antico 2000 Toscano ($9.99)
Very dark ruby, almost black, with purple glints against the light. Black-cherry aroma, characteristic of Sangiovese, adds a distinct note of caramel. Full and ripe in flavor, fruit and lemony acidity in balance make this a fine food wine, as a Tuscan red ought to be. US Importer: Empson (U.S.A.) Inc., Alexandria, Va. (Dec 3, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Chianti and similar Sangiovese-based Tuscan reds particularly shine with tomato-sauced pasta, but the combination of ripe fruit and zippy acidity makes them a match with a wide variety of fare, including our choice, a risotto verde with chopped fresh spinach.



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