Codice 2000 Vino de la Tierra de Castilla ($5.99)
This clear, dark reddish-purple wine's aromas focus on oaky vanilla, a scent that's pleasant enough, though dominated more by wood than fruit. Happily, though, ripe black fruit comes through on the palate, tart cherries and soft acidity that offers a lactic, almost milky tang. Like its partner, it's on the simple side but offers plenty of flavor interest for the price in an easy-sipping, refresing quaff that goes well at the dinner table. US Importer: Cutting Edge Selections Inc., Fairfax, Ohio, and other regional importers. (Oct 14, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Excellent with Ragu Bolognese.

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