Sportoletti 2001 Assisi Rosso ($14.99)
This excellent wine blends the traditional Sangiovese grape with Merlot in unspecified proportions to make an Umbrian equivalent of a modest "Super Tuscan." Very dark garnet in color, almost black, it shows bright reddish-purple highlights. Ripe and full, cherry-berry aromas gain complexity with hints of herbs and licorice. Just as ripe and forward on the palate as the nose, a burst of juicy black fruit is saved from "fruit bomb" status by snappy acidity and an edge of soft tannins. US Importer: Winebow Inc., NYC. (Jun 2, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Ripe and forward fruit makes it a natural with crisp-skinned, garlicky roast chicken.

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