Begali 2000 "Vigneto la Cengia" Valpolicella Classico Superiore ($16.99)
Dark ruby in color, this benchmark Valpolicella shows characteristic dried-fruit aromas, cherries and berries. Ripe and tart, dried-fruit flavors are consistent with the nose, adding a delicate whiff of licorice in a long finish. US Importer: Pellegrini Family Vineyards., South San Francisco, Calif. (Oct 29, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: An exceptional match with a simple dish of pasta with mortadella sausage and mild provolone cheese in a light ricotta sauce.

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