Il Circo 2000 "La Violetta" Uva di Troia Castel del Monte ($13.99)
This very dark garnet wine shows why they named it "Violetta" with a fresh, floral and springlike waft of fresh violets, backed by pleasant scents of dried cherries. Ripe and full in flavor, juicy cherrylike fruit seems almost sweet at first, but lemon-squirt acidity and soft, almost imperceptible tannins bring it into balance. Although it's from the other end of Italy, it reminds me of an exceptional Valpolicella in its overall style: Fruity, fresh and appealing, with an underlying structure and complexity that add substantially to its interest. Exceptional wine. US Importer: Bonny Doon Vineyard, Santa Cruz, Calif. (Apr 4, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Would go well with a range of meat or poultry from steaks to roast chicken; it made an excellent match with a meatless favorite from Northeastern Italy, a radicchio risotto.



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