Parusso 1999 "Ornati" Barbera d'Alba ($16.99)
Inky dark-purple, almost opaque. Perfumed fruit aromas, plummy and ripe, add whiffs of menthol and spicy oak. Big and bold fruit flavors are tart and tannic, making for a wine that's extremely "New World" in style. It reminds me a great deal of a big, young Australian Shiraz (and one that would probably cost substantially more than this in the U.S.) US Importer: Michael Skurnik Wines, NYC. (Nov 28, 2001)

FOOD MATCH: It takes robust food to stand up to a big red like this, and Marcella Hazan's Northern Italian dish of sausage and red cabbage is up to the task.

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