Renzo Masi 2000 "Erta e China" Rosso di Toscana ($12.99)
This Tuscan red demonstrates the flexibility of the IGT regulations with a non-traditional blend of half Sangiovese, half Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 14 months in a combination of French and American oak. Inky dark garnet, almost black, it shows bright reddish-purple glints against the light. Aromatic, dark fruits, dried cherries and spice, more fruit than oak despite its long stay in wood. Juicy, snappy fruit flavors follow the nose, black fruit and lemony acidity; clean and lingering, with a whiff of fennel in the finish. Impressive wine, somewhat in the "international" style. US Importer: HB Wine Merchants, NYC. (Nov 8, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Perfect with rare beef.

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