Planeta 2001 "La Segreta" Sicilia Rosso ($10.99)
This modern Sicilian red offers a blend of the old (60 percent Nero d'Avola grapes) and the new (20 percent each Merlot and Syrah). Inky dark ruby in color, it shows reddish-purple glints against the light. Plummy, pruney scents add spicy, aromatic overtones of new oak, showing more wood than the technical notes would suggest (it spends just three months in two-year-old barrels after fermentation in stainless steel). Its ripe and juicy black-fruit flavor is shaped by plenty of fresh-fruit acidity for balance. Very much in the "international" style, its big and wood-tinged fruit reminds me somewhat of an Australian Shiraz. US Importer: VIAS Imports Ltd., NYC. (Apr 9, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Good flavor combination but a little on the robust side to make a perfect match with my choice, chicken braised with garlic and fennel. I'll try it next time with grilled beef or lamb.



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