Taurino 1997 "Notarpanaro" Salento Rosso ($14.99)
Inky dark ruby color, almost opaque. An exotic mix of dark fruit and spice - plums, anise, hints of tarragon and brown spices - in a warm and approachable aroma. Full and ripe, black-fruit and anise flavors follow the nose; lemony acidity and smooth, barely apparent tannins segue into subtle licorice in a long finish. US Importer: Winebow Inc., NYC; a Leonardo Locascio Selection. (Oct 16, 2003)
FOOD MATCH: A red-meat wine, it would be fine with beef or game; I brought pork loin up to meet it by braising bite-size chunks of meat with onions, a little beef broth and tomato paste.
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