Placido 1999 Chianti ($7.99)
Very dark reddish-purple, this wine offers fresh black-fruit aromas cloaked in earthy "forest floor" notes and a sulfury whiff of "burnt-match" that blows off after the bottle has been open for a while. Tart black fruit flavors are well structured with fresh acidity, making a good food wine. More "old world" in style than the Codirosso, it's another fine value. US Importer: VB Imports, Old Brookville, N.Y. (Nov 18, 2001)

FOOD MATCH: Worked well with a hearty vegetarian risotto containing a bounty of carrots, celery, onions, green beans and fresh tomatoes.

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