Protocolo 2000 Vino de la Tierra de Manchuela ($5.99)
Dark ruby, with reddish-orange glints, this hearty Spanish red offers warm, grapey aromas with hints of spice. Soft and juicy fruit flavors gain structure from crisp acidity. Simple, quaffable, with good balance to elevate it beyond the jug-wine level, and ample structure to marry well with food. US Importer: Cutting Edge Selections Inc., Fairfax, Ohio, and other regional importers. (May 19, 2003)
FOOD MATCH: Very fine with a simple dish of braised boneless country-style pork spareribs and a quick orzo-and-cheese "risotto."
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