Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona "Ateo" Rosso di Toscana ($27.99)
Clear dark purple in color, this hearthy red breathes full and open scents of black fruit - plums and dried cherries - with good, complex earthy notes on the nose and palate. Soft tannins and gentle but sufficient acidity provide structure and balance, with pleasantly bittersweet dried-fruit notes in a long finish. US Importer: Various regional importers including Skurnik (NYC), Vin DiVino (Chicago) and Vintner Select (Cincinnati) (Feb 6, 2002)
FOOD MATCH: Lamb chops and Friulian orzotto (barley risotto) with spinach.
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