I Campetti 2000 "Castruccio" Monteregio di Massa Marittima ($8.00)
A blend of mostly Sangiovese (80 percent) with small amounts of the indigenous varieties Ciliegiolo and Canaiolo, this wine comes from Tuscany's seacoast region, Monteregio di Massa Marittima. It's dark ruby in color with a hint of amber at the edge, and breathes a fresh black-cherry scent with a whiff of smoke and a hint of "barnyard." (Another bottle tasted at a local restaurant recently was much more barnyardy, in a pleasant way, suggesting that some bottle variation may occur.) Ripe and mouth-filling black-cherry fruit dominates the flavor, much more fruit-forward than the nose, laced up with lemon-squirt acidity; soft tannins and ripe black cherries linger in the finish. US Importer: Marc de Grazia, represented by Vintner Select of Cincinnati and other regional distributors. (Feb 12, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Beef burgers enchanced with shredded arugula and crumbled Roquefort made a startlingly good match.

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