Dei 2001 Rosso di Montepulciano ($13.49)
This clear, dark ruby wine, a blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes, shows glints of amber in the glass. Swirling brings up black-cherry fruit in its spicy and "sweet" aroma. Flavors are consistent with the nose, juicy and ripe, with a firm acidic structure that marries well with food; and a soft tannic astringency lingers. US Importer: Mark de Grazia Selection, imported by Vintner Select of Cincinnati and other regional importers. (Apr 24, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a typical pasta dish built to match, Italian sausage in a fennel-scented fresh-tomato sauce over conchiglie pasta.



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