Cantine Sant'Agata 2001 "Baby Barb" Barbera d'Asti ($11.99)
Nicknamed "Baby Barb," the importer says, because it's made to drink fresh and young and comes straight from the grape without any oak, this is a benchmark expression of Barbera. Inky dark blackish-purple in color and ripe in aroma, it breathes sweet red cherries and spice. Juicy tart-cherry fruit and a lemon-squirt of acidity make for a fresh, mouth-watering flavor that goes very well with food. US Importer: John Given Wines Co., Manhasset, N.Y. (Nov 22, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Try it with Thanksgiving turkey, although we found it a stellar match with something more downscale: Old-fashioned beef-and-pork meatloaf loaded with onions and bell peppers.



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