Elisabetta 1999 "Aulo" Rosso Toscana ($11.99)
Clear, dark ruby color. Ripe black-cherry aromas with a pleasant hint of earthy "barnyard," with grace notes of spice on the nose. Full tart-cherry fruit flavor with the cutting edge of acidity that's characteristic of food-friendly Tuscan reds. Clean and fresh in a long finish. Equal parts of Sangiovese and Canaiolo, with a small portion (10 percent) of Cabernet Sauvignon. US Importer: Winebow Inc., NYC; a Leonardo Locascio selection. (Sep 27, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a strip steak prepared Florentine style, sprinkled with black pepper and sea salt and seared to rare on a hot, dry iron skillet.

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