Pasqua & Fazio "Mezzo Giorno" 1999 Nero d'Avola ($8.99)
This dark-garnet wine shows ripe, berrylike fruit aromas lent complexity by hints of leather and smoke. Warm and plummy with a touch of raisins and a hint of almonds in the flavor, there's sufficient acidity to give it structure, but the overall impression is soft as velvet. Although the finish isn't overly long, ripe and appealing fruit and surprising complexity for an inexpensive wine make it an exceptional value. US Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils, Winchester, Va. (Mar 27, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: A remarkable companion with lamb chops; rare meat rounds out the wine, and its lush fruit acts like a classic sauce.

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