Taurino 1997 "Notarpanaro" Salento Rosso ($12.99)
Very dark reddish-purple. Ripe and plummy black-fruit aromas with hints of fennel. Full flavor carries out the black-fruit theme, warm and a bit simple, framed by lemony acidity and an astringent edge of tannins. It opens up with time in the glass, showing more layered fruit and a smooth texture, suggesting that a few years of age won't hurt and might help. US Importer: Winebow Inc., NYC; Leonardo Locascio Selections. (Dec 30, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: It needs a hearty match, and found it in a quick pasta dish made with chopped leftover roast beef with red bell peppers and tomatoes over fusilli.

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